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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is merciless in showing the obstacles faced by a down-and-out couple in strip-mall Florida, but there's a modicum of hope in the genuine love the characters share. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 90
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon bring impressive emotional and physical heat to Sunlight Jr., director/screenwriter Laurie Collyer’s beautifully observed character study of an unmarried couple living on the economic margins. show more

  • 75

    Like "Sherrybaby," Sunlight Jr. explores the troubling gap that can open up between a person's aspirations and his or her reality. But Collyer never looks down on her characters; instead, her films have the quality of a good Springsteen song. show more

  • 75
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    It’s slightly tough to get onboard with the regal Naomi Watts sporting badly sprayed hair and frosted lipstick; surely there are more flattering shades at the Walgreens? show more

  • 63
    Abhimanyu Das Slant Magazine

    An admirable refusal to adhere to any overexposed poverty-porn templates, however, is taken a little too far in the opposite direction, to the point that the film feels self-consciously shapeless. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Try as she might, Collyer cannot help but judge these people, a not-quite-fatal flaw in a movie about the down and out. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna

    If Sunlight Jr. does anything, it is to shine a light on the fact that the American dream is a dormant notion for far too many. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The realism is honorable, the acting is exemplary, and all do good work, but life among the unlucky and disenfranchised who exist without hope is not a subject that will put a glow in your heart or a smile on your face. Be forewarned: The depression is inescapable. show more

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