Sunlight Jr. Reviews

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August 29, 2019
The highest praise here should be reserved for Collyer, once again proving she's adept at capturing a believable portrait of people living day by day through rough times and desperate moments.
March 2, 2019
... obviously not going to be on anyone's "feel good" list-but it is a really great film. It's gritty and depressing and devoid of hope, but Watts and Dillon nail it.
April 18, 2014
Shows american lives that the screen usually neglects
December 21, 2013
Uncovers with rare candor on screen, the psychology, economic distress and depleting emotions layering over the lives of the US working poor today, and flipping the script on the American dream.
December 5, 2013
...could be perceived as a dreary downer, there's a kind of magic... Watts shines through her ill-fitting uniforms, Dillon retains a leading man's indomitability.. .. they give each other reason to persist.
November 22, 2013
Like many other films this year, such as 'Before Midnight' and 'Blue Is the Warmest Color,' it asks whether that's true and wonders if a couple might actually be better breaking up.
November 17, 2013
It belongs to Naomi Watts, playing a woman who retains her dignity in spite of endless difficulties. It's work done between the lines, in the silent moments.
November 15, 2013
If Sunlight Jr. does anything, it is to shine a light on the fact that the American dream is dormant notion for far too many.
November 15, 2013
Urine tests and evictions, drunken brawls and rare outbursts of tenderness and grace. Collyer takes it all in, with a clear eye and no judgment.
November 14, 2013
Collyer paints a sobering and important picture of the way many of us live now.
Top Critic
November 14, 2013
Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song.
November 14, 2013
A compelling portrayal of the grinding life of America's working poor, brought into sharp focus by intense lead performances from Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.
November 14, 2013
It's a sad, thoughtful film, and you leave it without much belief that things will get better for these characters - but you believe in them, which makes it even sadder.
November 13, 2013
This is that rare movie that observes the lower class with an eye toward understanding precisely how such an economic prison forms and is perpetuated.
November 12, 2013
Collyer has a keen eye for underrepresented populations, but she'd be better served in the future to scale back on the overstatement.
November 11, 2013
This sensitively observed humanistic drama features deeply moving performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.
November 11, 2013
Incandescent performances and an unerring grasp of milieu distinguish this latest feature from Sherrybaby helmer Laurie Collyer.
November 11, 2013
Collyer is a gifted storyteller with a knack for writing damaged characters who can't seem to rise above their impossible odds.
October 27, 2013
Gritty, bleak, but you never lose the sense that the actors -- especially Watts -- are smarter than their characters.
October 21, 2013
A bleak, well-acted social drama evoking the problems of the American working class.
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