Sounder (1972)

Set during the 1930s, Sounder is the tale of a family of black sharecroppers struggling to survive the Great Depression. After suffering months of poverty, the father (Paul Winfield) steals in order to support his family. He is sent to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: August 18, 1972
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Booth
Denver Post

Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely.

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Nancy Davis Kho
Common Sense Media

Affecting update of the coming-of-age classic.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple.

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Emanuel Levy

Honest and touching, Martin Ritt's Oscar-nominated Sounder, a Depression-era saga, does proud the American family and the American family movie genre.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights.

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Dan Jardine

The family's solidarity in the face of intimidating odds -- poverty, racism, injustice -- gives the movie a humanistic, optimistic center.

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TV Guide

Heartbreaking and intelligent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
good film
John Ballantine
This tale of a poor black family in the post slavery period is a good but not great early attempt to investigate the continuing influence of racism in the deep… More
cody franklin
A great family drama about how shitty it was to be black, poor, and live in Louisiana during the Great Depression. It's not over sentimental and race… More