Sugar
Sugar (2008)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sugar is an exceptionally-crafted film -- part sports flick, part immigrant tale -- with touching and poignant drama highlighted by splendid performances.

John Anderson
Newsday

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.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Nicole Armour
Film Comment Magazine

Sugar's personal achievement is uplifting-and it's also cause for celebration when artists create just for the love of the game.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

This captures many moving moments and atmospheres in the diverse settings, bu the narrative arc isn't quite as engaging as it could be.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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David Denby
New Yorker

This is a tragic sports movie that shies away from every element of tragedy.

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Neil Miller
Film School Rejects

The problem is that it is incredibly tedious and at some point very uneventful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This was the follow up to Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's surprise hit Half Nelson, and, like that one, this is a smart, heartfelt tale that has a great… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Welcome to America, son!"</i> Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.… More
Clintus Maximus
This is not a sports film at all; Baseball is only the setting for a story of human experience. Sugar is a wonderfully crafted movie, a story of opportunity and… More
Mark Hobin
Fictional biography of a Dominican baseball player who is invited to try out in U.S. minor leagues, with the ultimate dream to play in the majors. Engrossing… More
danny d
a wonderful baseball movie that sits tragically as a hidden gem. the end of the film left too much uncertainty for a character that we came to care about, but… More
Tim Sigur
First thing you should know is that I don't like baseball. I have never been a big fan, so the fact that this movie had me so intrigued is saying… More