The Price of Sugar
The Price of Sugar (2007)

"The Price of Sugar" follows a charismatic Spanish priest, Father Christopher Hartley, as he organizes some of this hemisphere's poorest people, challenging powerful interests profiting from their work. When he arrives in the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Price of Sugar is designed to educate, outrage and finally spur viewers to action. That it does so with vibrant visual style and an engaging narrative makes it that rare consciousness-raising film that's not only good for you, but a joy to watch.

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Lael Loewenstein
Los Angeles Times

Haney doesn't strive for balance, and he doesn't have to; the images speak for themselves.

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Prairie Miller

These Haitian sugar slaves are starved, beaten, disappeared, malnourished, and lacking uncontaminated drinking water, even as other far more privileged foreigners frolic in the waters of the DR's tropical tourist paradise nearby.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's been conceived and executed as an instrument of human rights and a tool of shame. But it's the political controversy that's at the heart of this movie -- the contempt that one poor country feels toward its somewhat poorer neighbor.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

The tainted relationship between the dessert on our tables and the suffering of those who produce it gets a horrifying workout in Bill Haney's multilayered account of Haitian cane cutters in the Dominican Republic.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... even those naturally sympathetic to the film's position may feel like they're taking their medicine.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

In this compelling documentary, narrated by Paul Newman, Hartley comes off as a man of intense will, and he needs to be.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Illuminating and deeply distressing.

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Chad Greene
Boxoffice Magazine

[A] no-frills doc, which isn't done any favors by Newman's monotone narration.

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