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Sugar

drama, foreign, sports


A Dominican teenager, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, travels to the Midwest to play for the Swing of the Quad cities after seeing the movie "Field of Dreams."

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    91%
  • Audience Score
    80%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    91%
    reviews counted: 10
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  • Audience

    80%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Scarcely a manipulative or fake moment

- Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Not your usual film about chasing the American dream, Sugar gains mileage instead from a more sober brand of inspiration while imparting wisdom in the form of welcome reality checks.

- Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: At a time when sabermetrics break players down into pages of predictive statistics, Sugar delivers a potent reminder of off-the-field challenges that affect performance on the field.

- Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

a wonderful baseball movie that sits tragically as a hidden gem. the end of the film left too much uncertainty for a character that we came to care about, but the journey we travel to the point of being left wondering is a heartfelt and worth while journey. if you love baseball then watch this film, it leaves the normal cliches of overdone "feel good" sports films behind.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

3 stars

a wonderful baseball movie that sits tragically as a hidden gem. the end of the film left too much uncertainty for a character that we came to care about, but the journey we travel to the point of being left wondering is a heartfelt and worth while journey. if you love baseball then watch this film, it leaves the normal cliches of overdone "feel good" sports films behind.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, November 17, 2009

4 stars

"Welcome to America, son!" Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues. REVIEW Filmed in quasi-documentary style, the film appears on the surface to be about the Latino dream of making it to the major leagues. Upon closer review, the family and friends of Sugar only ask "Are you going to the states?". The crux of the film lies not so much in the long odds of making it to the show, but moreso, simply escaping the homeland ... it's just that baseball is viewed as the quickest ticket out. The "Half Nelson" writer/director team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck score again with "Sugar". What really hit home with me was how many people miss out on their real chance because they just have a simple shortage of passion for their talent. When Sugar bashes the water cooler, it's not because he pitched poorly, but rather because he fears he will be shipped back home. There are many fine moments in this and the final act twist is not just terrific story telling, but fitting as well. It does what a final act should do ... connect the dots. Think back to the domino scene when one guy spouts that he once hit 98 in spring training. The recognition that he is back home playing dominoes is the real story. Good stuff. First time actor Algenis Perez Soto perfectly captures the charm and innocence of Sugar and finally the harsh reality of the situation. This is one to see.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Tuesday, October 20, 2009