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Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson) weave this introspective sports drama concerning a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big league and earn the money needed to support his impoverished family. Miguel Santos is a talented pitcher who might just have what it takes to earn a prized spot on a Major League Baseball team, but before that happens he'll have to prove his worth in the minor leagues. Advancing into the United States' minor league system at the tender age of 19, Miguel is warmly welcomed into the small-town Iowa home of his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sugar, a baseball movie, an immigrant parable and a thoroughly entertaining drama that accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of putting a fresh face on the fractured American Dream."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"To tell you what happens to him from here would be a tremendous disservice. We'll just say that, refreshingly, nothing about it is sickly sweet."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Sugar's personal achievement is uplifting-and it's also cause for celebration when artists create just for the love of the game."
‑ Nicole Armour, Film Comment Magazine
"A familiarity with baseball is probably crucial to getting the most out of this quiet, absorbing drama."
‑ Damon Wise, Radio Times
"I've watched thousands of baseball games and seen tons of baseball movies, but Sugar opened new doors of understanding and insight."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Not only have director-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck crafted a poignant immigrant tale, they've made a sports saga rife with rare truths."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"This captures many moving moments and atmospheres in the diverse settings, bu the narrative arc isn't quite as engaging as it could be."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Just as Hoop Dreams had the urgency of great storytelling, Sugar exhibits the patience of the most penetrating documentary."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the makers of Half Nelson, return with another subtly observed drama about a character on the outskirts of mainstream America."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"The camera is on Sugar the whole time, but the faux-documentary approach keeps him out of reach in all the ways that really matter."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This is a tragic sports movie that shies away from every element of tragedy."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The problem is that it is incredibly tedious and at some point very uneventful."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"The cinematic equivalent of an investigative Sports Illustrated two-parter."
‑ Michael Joshua Rowin, Stop Smiling
"Boden and Fleck are attentive to detail and the nuances of social interaction -- in the cornfields of Middle America as well as in the Dominican Republic. And Sugar is a thorny but endearing hero."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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