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Based on 27 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The subtlety is the beauty of it. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In its first half, Honeydripper trickles. In its second, it really flows. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Like previous films by the literary-minded auteur John Sayles, Honeydripper takes forever to develop its characters, its period and its location. But once it's done all that, the payoffs are rich. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    His heart -- and musical soul -- is in the right place, but the film makes you at times uncomfortable with black and Southern stereotypes that may hinder some from fully enjoying an otherwise benign and cheerful tall tale of the Saturday night when rock came to rural Alabama. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Rich with characters and flowing with music. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Typical of a pretty good Sayles movie. There are few, if any, heroes and villains. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    ''Everything got a rhythm, even pulling cotton off the plant,'' a field hand offers helpfully. Like his eager young bluesman when he finally hits the stage, Sayles hits exactly the right notes. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's about ordinary people living in the shadow of nagging, day-to-day racism, and about the music that reminds them of what's right with the world rather than what's wrong. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    With Honeydripper, Sayles has done what he always does: bring together a group of characters and allow us to relish their interaction. His affection for the characters is both obvious and infectious. We like them, warts and all. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Has John Sayles finally lost his mojo? How anyone could take a subject like the moment the Delta blues went electric and suck the joy and fury out of it is anybody's guess, but the talky, dull "Honeydripper" represents playwriting rather than filmmaking. And didactic playwriting at that. show more

  • May 22, 2008 STUART
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    Just saw this film today at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and it is a huge hit. Definitely will be in the Best of Fest. Wonderful music, story, and Danny Glover is great and this film should be one of the best films of 2008. FOUR STARSStuart Goldfine

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