Sugar (2008)

Filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson) weave this introspective sports drama concerning a talented Dominican baseball player who longs to break into the American big league and earn the money needed to support his impoverished… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sugar is an exceptionally-crafted film -- part sports flick, part immigrant tale -- with touching and poignant drama highlighted by splendid performances.

John Anderson

Sugar, a baseball movie, an immigrant parable and a thoroughly entertaining drama that accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of putting a fresh face on the fractured American Dream.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

To tell you what happens to him from here would be a tremendous disservice. We'll just say that, refreshingly, nothing about it is sickly sweet.

Matt Singer
The Rumpus

Sugar is worth seeing not because it invalidates baseball's meritocracy, or because it makes us feel guilty for enjoying the national pastime, but because it shows us with empathy and insight how baseball players are more than what they do on the field.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Not only have director-writers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck crafted a poignant immigrant tale, they've made a sports saga rife with rare truths.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

A rich and moving reminder of the way professional sports aspirations can shape someone's destiny in the real world.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A raw and insightful film that will appeal to viewers who may or may not be sports fans.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The camera is on Sugar the whole time, but the faux-documentary approach keeps him out of reach in all the ways that really matter.

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David Denby
New Yorker

This is a tragic sports movie that shies away from every element of tragedy.

Nicole Armour
Film Comment Magazine

Sugar's personal achievement is uplifting-and it's also cause for celebration when artists create just for the love of the game.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This was the follow up to Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's surprise hit Half Nelson, and, like that one, this is a smart, heartfelt tale that has a great… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Welcome to America, son!"</i> Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.… More
Clintus Maximus
This is not a sports film at all; Baseball is only the setting for a story of human experience. Sugar is a wonderfully crafted movie, a story of opportunity and… More
Mark Hobin
Fictional biography of a Dominican baseball player who is invited to try out in U.S. minor leagues, with the ultimate dream to play in the majors. Engrossing… More
danny d
a wonderful baseball movie that sits tragically as a hidden gem. the end of the film left too much uncertainty for a character that we came to care about, but… More
Tim Sigur
First thing you should know is that I don't like baseball. I have never been a big fan, so the fact that this movie had me so intrigued is saying… More