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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: 93%

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
"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
"It is full of so much humor, grace, and unexpected detail, and arrives in such a truthful place, that in the end it's far more enthralling than the typical rags-to-riches tale one might have anticipated."
‑ Josh Ralske, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A portrait of an immigrant, a sports movie commentating on the machinations of American sport and a coming-of-age drama: Sugar is not short of subject matter."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"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
"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
"Follows its own path, defying stereotypes and avoiding just about every sports-movie cliché and fish-out-of-water convention, all the way to the end."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Steroids enter the equation, but "Sugar's" narrative turns feel more generous than obvious - emphasizing baseball's calming, community ideas over its cult of personality. The gravity of Miguel's plight stays with you, but so does his eventual peace."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"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
"This is a tragic sports movie that shies away from every element of tragedy."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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
"We begin to get the feeling that the United States of Baseball is somehow grander and more generous than the United States of America."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Fresh perspectives offer fresh ideas, even if they don't result in a smile and a happy Frank Sinatra song about love."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
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