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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    This documentary has no bells and whistles; Bill Haney, the director and co-writer (with Peter Rhodes), sticks to the facts. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The film is unabashedly supportive of Father Hartley, presenting him as a stubborn saint, and depicts the wealthy owners as soulless villains. Presumably they have a different story to tell, but we wouldn't know: When the camera's on, none can be found. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While the political implications of the film are provocative, "Sugar" also happens to be an impressive cinematic achievement. This picture has a visual sweep that many docu films lack; the plantations and nearby towns are vividly evoked. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Explores an unheralded but emotionally affecting issue in a straight-forward and engaging manner. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Offers yet another example of how a lot of what we consume is produced at somebody else's expense. In this case, it's sugar. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com

    It's still difficult to find accurate information about where and when Bill Haney's profoundly disturbing documentary The Price of Sugar will be opening commercially in the United States. Partly this is because the Vicini family, sugar barons of the Dominican Republic, have hired Patton Boggs, a major Washington law firm, to try to halt the film's release, or at least paint it as slanted and defamatory. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Out of this sorry tale of human trafficking emerges a fascinating portrait of this handsome, pugnacious, one-man NGO, who left a cushy life with his patrician Anglo-Spanish family to work with Mother Theresa and devote himself to the oppressed. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    Still, as compelling as The Price of Sugar is, it also represents a squandered opportunity. A stronger connection could have been made between the film's subject and our own responsibility as consumers. show more

  • 80
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Designed to educate, outrage and finally spur viewers to action. That it does so with vibrant visual style and an engaging narrative makes it that rare consciousness-raising film that's not only good for you, but a joy to watch. show more

  • 70
    Joe Leydon Variety

    A solid and affecting piece of work. show more

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