Sunlight Jr.
Sunlight Jr. (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 21, 2014
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67%
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It doesn't offer much in the way of uplift, but Sunlight Jr.'s grim storyline is offset by Laurie Collyer's empathetic screenplay and strong performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Tomas Hachard
NPR

Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song.

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Shows american lives that the screen usually neglects

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

Collyer paints a sobering and important picture of the way many of us live now.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York 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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle 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.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Johnson
Aw, now, with a title like that, this film just has to be all perky and uplifting and whatnot. Man, I don't think this film is fooling anyone, going so far… More