Sunshine State
Sunshine State (2002)

Like Lone Star, Sunshine State is a John Sayles film in which a multitude of characters struggle with the past, both recent and ancient -- both family history and the traumatic past of the land itself. It's set on the fictional… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 21, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wonderfully acted, but the story and pacing can use a little work.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Sunshine State resembles Sayles' sketchbook more than his finished work, and we might hope that something more polished might spring from it.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This is geographic history as personal history, a look at a vanishing world before the tide of progress immerses it. It's also superb independent filmmaking.

Stuart Klawans
The Nation

All this is admirable. I just wish Sayles would also put a little movie into the movie.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Sunshine State has the structure, the theme, the style and, at 141 minutes, the length of a great John Sayles film. What it doesn't have, alas, is the merit.

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James Berardinelli

Sunshine State lacks the brilliance of Sayles' most dynamic offerings, but, for those who don't mind an unhurried, deliberate narrative pace, this is a worthwhile offering.

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Emanuel Levy

This well acted ensemble melodrama is not one of John Sayles' strongest films.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Sunshine State is an efficient helping of Sayles, insightful even when it's not richly entertaining or imbued with apparent passion.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

You can ignore the editorial bluntness and savor the smaller, sweeter details.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Sayles' writing is so good, and so convincing, he makes the experience more like reading a complex and well-researched novel than watching a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
A long movie - about two families in a Florida neighbourhood. The story includes a little of everything - family, greed, bias, expectations, suicide, fidelity,… More
Anthony Valletta
Not the best John Sayles outing, but does have its moments.
Tim Sigur
Edie Falco leads an impressive cast and John Sayles always gives you something to think about after the movie is over.
John Ballantine
John Sayles' component film is a disappointment only because we expect so much more from him. A good film on the pressures of community and the price that… More