Honeydripper (2007)

It's 1950, and it's a make or break weekend for Tyrone Purvis, the proprietor of the Honeydripper Lounge. Deep in debt, Tyrone is desperate to bring back the crowds that used to come to his place. He decides to lay off his long-time… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Honeydripper's electric musical numbers and sharp performances make for an exciting film, despite its slow pace.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

While this may not be the rowdiest birth-of-rock-'n'-roll film ever made -- it's very likely the least rowdy -- Sayles addresses a transitional moment in his own patient, precise way.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Although Honeydripper won a screenplay award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, it's not Sayles' strongest work. Part of the problem is that it keeps building to a rock-'n'-roll payoff that never quite arrives.

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Michael Dequina

An engaging and inspirational tale... handled with graceful understatement.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

It survives on its versatile leads, its smoky cinematography (courtesy of Dick Pope) and its seductive musical performances, which run from gospel to jazz to blues to the to the electrifying kick-start of early rock 'n' roll.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Trudging nobly under a mantle of impeccably earnest intentions and a fussy, too-quaint-by-half production design, Honeydripper lags and drags to its utterly predictable end. There's not a spark of spontaneity or soul about it.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's optimistic, and maybe it doesn't have a heck of a lot to do with history, but it's a tale well told.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Even more than the music in this musically rich picture, the great pleasure of Honeydripper is in watching Danny Glover as Tyrone Purvis, the club owner.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A musical period piece that manages to be lighthearted and socially conscious.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a leisurely paced period musical drama set in the Jim Crow south of the 1950s that's steeped in the black southern mores ... .

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
Despite a charismatic cast and good music, Honeydripper feels dull and lifeless.
John Sayles is an odd filmmaker in that his work seems oddly isolated from everything else Hollywood puts out. He?s almost a textbook example of what an auteur… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Honeydripper" starts on a Saturday night in Harmony, Alabama in 1950 and the Honeydripper Lounge is certainly not jumping. Its… More
Adam M.
Decent drama about the birth of rock n' roll in 1950's Alabama.Tyrone Pervis' bar,The Honeydripper,is on the verge of being brought out unless he… More
John Ballantine
Dull. John Sayles tries to be too cute and ends up creating a snoozer. Why should we care about these characters?
Keith Munley
John Sayles doing what he does best. Just a simple story about simple people. What you see is what you get, there are no surprises in this one.

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