Sunlight Jr. Reviews

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.
November 14, 2013
Despite the intensity of their performances, Ms. Watts and Mr. Dillon are only fleetingly convincing as these desperate young Americans trying to maintain a foothold.
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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 14, 2013
Empathy for the all-too-real plight of the working poor drives this heavy but bold indie. Sadly, though, it falters under the weight of too much drama.
November 14, 2013
Sunlight Jr. is what is often described as a slice-of-life drama, but this one is more of a tiny sliver, and it doesn't leave you with much to chew on.
November 14, 2013
Only those viewers who assume that convenience-store clerks in their 40s enjoy lives of luxury and have limitless options will do much more than shrug in acknowledgement, feeling incredibly grateful not to be stuck in that rut.
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November 13, 2013
Be forewarned: The depression is inescapable.
November 12, 2013
The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it's that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town's "Butterfly." Ever.
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.