Sounder
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Martin Ritt's big-screen adaptation of William H. Armstrong's Newberry Award winning novel, Sounder stars Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, and Kevin Hooks as a black family struggling through life in depression-era Louisiana. The Morgan family is poor, but close. Young son David (Hooks) enjoys hunting with his father Nathan (Paul Winfield) and his trusted dog Sounder. Eventually, they fall on such rough times that Nathan steals a loaf of bread to feed his family, but he is arrested and sentenced to a work camp. Mother Rebecca (Tyson) realizes that David is now responsible for taking care… More
Trailer
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A masterwork from director Martin Ritt. Movies are rarely this empathetic."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Heartbreaking and intelligent."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Another fine example of Martin Ritt's earthy southern dramas"
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic."
‑ Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
"A very fine unpretentious, heartwarming and uplifting family drama about a Deep South black sharecropper family trying to survive during the Depression."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
More reviews for Sounder on Rotten Tomatoes