Sonny (2002)

Film superstar Nicolas Cage's directing debut, Sonny follows a very unconventional family as they struggle to overcome personal and financial adversity. Young Sonny (James Franco) returns home to New Orleans from Army service to find… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 26, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jan Stuart

Actors generally make good actor's directors, but Sonny is a mixed bag in that department.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

Earnest and tentative even when it aims to shock.

Cole Smithey

This overlooked drama by Nic Cage packs an emotional wallop.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

An instant candidate for worst movie of the year.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

It is as uncompromising as it is nonjudgmental, and makes clear that a prostitute can be as lonely and needy as any of the clients.

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Christopher Null

Back to the housewives with ya, and now that Cage has the vanity project out of his system, he can go back to making more movies with Spike Jonze.

Michael Agger

Nicolas Cage isn't the first actor to lead a group of talented friends astray, and this movie won't create a ruffle in what is already an erratic career.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Preposterous and tedious, Sonny is spiked with unintentional laughter that, unfortunately, occurs too infrequently to make the film even a guilty pleasure.

Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine

Too defensive and earnest about its topic to be either fun or illuminating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
I like Nicolas Cage, honestly...for the most part. So, when I heard he directed a film starring James Franco as a male hustler who tries to get out of the life,… More
Sunil Jawahir
I hated this movie. I wasn't interested in anything that happened.
Mike T.
Uneven, seemingly indecisive direction from Nicolas Cage leads this potentially affecting film astray. As it stands, it is mildly interesting. The best aspect… More
Marcus Woolcott
It's no secret that Nicolas Cage is incapable of saying no to any script - except he decided to direct this one. Doesn't make it any better.