Sunlight Jr.
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SUNLIGHT JR. spotlights hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa (Naomi Watts) and her disabled boyfriend, Richie (Matt Dillon), who are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Through this adversity, the couple realizes that they can never lose everything as long as they have each other. (c)Gravitas

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Urine tests and evictions, drunken brawls and rare outbursts of tenderness and grace. Collyer takes it all in, with a clear eye and no judgment."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song."
‑ Tomas Hachard, NPR
"Shows american lives that the screen usually neglects"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Sobering, depressing and tedious, filled with far too much unresolved adversity and overwhelming despair to be recommended as 'entertainment.'"
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Like many other films this year, such as 'Before Midnight' and 'Blue Is the Warmest Color,' it asks whether that's true and wonders if a couple might actually be better breaking up."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Collyer paints a sobering and important picture of the way many of us live now."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"A compelling portrayal of the grinding life of America's working poor, brought into sharp focus by intense lead performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Uncovers with rare candor on screen, the psychology, economic distress and depleting emotions layering over the lives of the US working poor today, and flipping the script on the American dream."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"The movie consequently suffers from a lack of emotional resonance that's both unfortunate and disastrous..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There are two intensely professional performances at the heart and soul of Sunlight Jr., from A-minus list actors fully investing themselves in bringing the gloom, playing their characters' distresses subtler than Collyer's screenplay presents them."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"Despite the intensity of their performances, Ms. Watts and Mr. Dillon are only fleetingly convincing as these desperate young Americans trying to maintain a foothold."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's a sad, thoughtful film, and you leave it without much belief that things will get better for these characters - but you believe in them, which makes it even sadder."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"...could be perceived as a dreary downer, there's a kind of magic... Watts shines through her ill-fitting uniforms, Dillon retains a leading man's indomitability.. .. they give each other reason to persist."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The well-intentioned film can't overcome a screenplay that feels more contrived as the problems pile up for the couple."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It belongs to Naomi Watts, playing a woman who retains her dignity in spite of endless difficulties. It's work done between the lines, in the silent moments."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
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