Sugar Pitches a Perfect Game

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 12:14 PM CDT

Sugar, the tale of a Dominican pitcher’s run at stardom, is absolutely mowing down critics. Here’s a sample what they’re saying:

  • Writing/directing team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) “are exceptional talents who refuse to sweeten Sugar for mass consumption,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. The result is a “ground-breaking film” that “doesn’t follow the trite Hollywood game plan.”

  • It’s “sports drama of total originality,” says Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly, and a refreshingly authentic take on the immigrant experience. Newcomer Algenis Perez Soto plays the lead with “a haunted and captivating thousand-yard stare.”
  • You shouldn’t even think of Sugar as a sports movie, says Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. “It's a beautifully made film about a young man's journey of self-discovery,” crafted with a visible dose of love.
(More movie review stories.)

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