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Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues

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Sugar belongs to 21 collections
1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 61 stars)
2. Metacritic - Universal Acclaim (public: moderated by sengir - 11 stars)
3. Criticker's Incorrect Release Dates (your public collection - 7 stars) | remove from collection
4. Sport (public: moderated by td888 - 5 stars)
5. Directed collaboratively (public: moderated by djross - 2 stars)
6. Baseball (public: moderated by td888 - 1 star)
7. Eligible for Academy Award Best Picture 2009 (public: moderated by Ross - 1 star)
8. 100 New Directors (public: moderated by kaiku991)
9. 2009 US Theatrical (public: moderated by DrBroel)
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Date User Score
Jul 14 geckoteck
63T7
Jul 01 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
74T7
May 01 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
69T8
Feb 26 teckgecko teckgecko
68T5
Feb 26 Tester Tester
63T7
Feb 24 Panunzio
70T5
Jan 10 owl89135
7T5
Nov 18, 2016 Ronin22
69T9
Oct 31, 2016 jerrywarton
66T6
Aug 13, 2016 lucidquasar
60T2
Jun 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
37T7
Mar 29, 2016 joegarland
98T9
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
74T9
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
70T7
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
80T9
Sep 24, 2015 HKi HKi
70T6
Jul 03, 2015 rkosiba31
77T9
Jun 26, 2015 lapcat01
77T7
May 18, 2015 zetes
80T7
May 10, 2015 intelearts
100T10
May 10, 2015 kenneth-r
50T6
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
70T6
Apr 28, 2015 rklenseth rklenseth
90T10
Apr 24, 2015 cardsos01
55T6
Mar 16, 2015 10kfilms
73T7
Feb 02, 2015 denm
70T8
Jan 24, 2015 msprague msprague
75T8
Dec 09, 2014 roger-ebert
35T8
Dec 05, 2014 tmazur
77T7
Sep 26, 2014 themadelf66 themadelf66
82T8
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
70T6
Sep 09, 2014 darkpoet
60T6
Jul 11, 2014 johnhuss
85T7
May 06, 2014 blucthulhu
90T10
May 01, 2014 SickForay SickForay
78T8
Apr 13, 2014 jbeyoglo
30T2
Mar 30, 2014 dequinix dequinix
80T10
Mar 18, 2014 ngebe
60T7
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
80T9
Feb 12, 2014 dwyer dwyer
80T7
Everything feels real in this movie, from the Dominican architecture to the sound of the ball rolling through the grass. Nothing on the screen feels out of place or inaccurate or cliche, and that's a great thing to see. There is a kiss, and it is handled so well by everyone involved that it almost makes the whole movie worth it just by itself, yet it is such a small part of the film. Kisses can be like that: small but significant, and that really describes a lot of other things in this movie.
Jan 14, 2014 kxlly kxlly
67T7
Jan 12, 2014 mb9607
80T6
Nov 30, 2013 ecalder ecalder
72T9
Sep 11, 2013 marjoline
80T8
Jul 25, 2013 MentalCritic MentalCritic
83T9
Jul 04, 2013 mallamp
75T7
Jul 03, 2013 maddriver52
52T2
May 26, 2013 Kilgore
50T3
Mar 12, 2013 Nepeta
80T7
The cinematography looks beautiful and throughout we get these scenes or shots each about five seconds long that provide subtle yet invaluable bits of insight in to what Sugar is going through and what is running through his mind. Its a sports movie which goes against all the clichés, doesn't care whether the games are won but instead what Sugar is experiencing during them, and takes its time to let us in to Sugar's world and the end result is a moving, visually rich, great piece of film-making.
Jan 30, 2013 sergebarber sergebarber
3T8
Jan 29, 2013 rgfridde
59T4
Dec 15, 2012 Simolence
70T7
Nov 30, 2012 danastevens
80T9
The most remarkable thing Sugar does is give American viewers a sense of how our country must seem to a newly arrived immigrant, without caricaturing or condescending to either guest or host.
Nov 28, 2012 Empsall
66T4
Nov 01, 2012 TheMachine
70T6
Oct 29, 2012 Vmfs
4T2
Oct 12, 2012 AVclub
9T9
Oct 10, 2012 bones_r
70T6
Sep 30, 2012 masoo masoo
75T7
Sep 26, 2012 RetinaScan RetinaScan
90T8
Sep 23, 2012 FutureCritic FutureCritic
78T6
Aug 27, 2012 Wulf
60T5
Aug 19, 2012 filmaddict filmaddict
67T3
Jul 17, 2012 JEMN
70T6
Jun 28, 2012 catfacer catfacer
79T7
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
78T9
Apr 29, 2012 pl_
80T9
Apr 29, 2012 Bondo
73T5
Apr 21, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
82T8
Apr 21, 2012 Spewlon53
78T7
Apr 07, 2012 chiphall72
82T8
Mar 20, 2012 Cerebrus Cerebrus
80T9
Feb 25, 2012 feelgoodguy feelgoodguy
77T8
Feb 22, 2012 nickbnewell
60T3
Feb 15, 2012 NothingsGood NothingsGood
45T4
Feb 13, 2012 ewdewald ewdewald
85T9
Feb 03, 2012 JJ1986 JJ1986
30T1
Jan 29, 2012 Greg K
59T3
Jan 22, 2012 Beacon
88T10
Jan 18, 2012 JakeR Jake_R
89T10
Dec 30, 2011 amanohyo amanohyo
50T5
Dec 25, 2011 DougieD
85T7
Dec 06, 2011 Mike_V
85T9
Nov 27, 2011 FrankHowley FrankHowley
70T6
Nov 26, 2011 thecritic7
70T8
Nov 24, 2011 natebarrios natebarrios
70T5
Nov 23, 2011 J-Max
70T3
Nov 04, 2011 Amember
8T6
Oct 23, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
68T9
Oct 21, 2011 feelthefeeva
47T7
Oct 17, 2011 ratedargh ratedargh
70T5
Oct 16, 2011 ewp1994
80T7
Oct 05, 2011 Bacchanalian Bacchanalian
80T8
Sep 16, 2011 falsebinary
86T9
Sep 16, 2011 njasdjdh
90T8
Sep 03, 2011 samliao
82T6
Aug 07, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
82T10
Aug 02, 2011 nymetsman00
80T4
Jul 22, 2011 cfusion
45T1
Jun 17, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
3T5
May 14, 2011 jonnykungfu
65T5
Apr 20, 2011 newdawnfades
75T7
Apr 04, 2011 hardcle
80T7
Mar 21, 2011 NRM02
56T6
Mar 19, 2011 NRM01
45T2
Mar 16, 2011 zevel6
63T8
Mar 16, 2011 DeazMoviez DeazMoviez
70T5
Mar 11, 2011 jildeese
85T6
Jan 19, 2011 TenSpades
72T5
Jan 09, 2011 M I
74T7
Jan 03, 2011 DallasW
86T7
Dec 24, 2010 ArmondWhite ArmondWhite
1T5
Such indie banality -- linked to liberal message-mongering -- proves Fleck-Boden go into a slump long before rookie Miguel.
Dec 04, 2010 Shmendrek Shmendrek
5T10
Dec 02, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
30T8
"An immigrant's saga more than "a baseball movie," Sugar ultimately runs headlong away from the clichés that mar formula sports-related narrative films." - Bill Weber
Nov 14, 2010 hellboy76 hellboy76
71T9
One of the few sports films to not ram sentimentality or sweetness down your throat. Hardly a cliché to be found, very refreshing.
Oct 24, 2010 cloak cloak
69T7
Oct 12, 2010 Princezz Princezz
70T6
Oct 01, 2010 jhmee8
74T4
Oct 01, 2010 Dancon7
74T7
Sep 28, 2010 ari
75T8
Sep 21, 2010 DavidKahane DavidKahane
81T7
The directors capture the incredible pressure of life in the minors, and combine it with a shrewdly observed depiction of the inevitable culture clash that comes from leaping from the Caribbean to the heart of Iowa. The performances in the film, including that by Soto in the title role, are determinedly unstudied. This is part of the film's charm, even if it also blunts the impact since none of the actors have the command of craft necessary to get at the inner emotions of their characters.
Sep 13, 2010 tummidge
80T6
Sep 03, 2010 rumplemcfunk
70T8
Aug 13, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
72T6
Aug 07, 2010 lotr23 lotr23
70T8
Aug 02, 2010 AAAutin AAAutin
75T10
Jul 31, 2010 robertrjs
80T7
Jul 28, 2010 sheddle
88T8
Jul 20, 2010 torontodog torontodog
80T9
The Bicycle Thief as a AA ball pitcher.
Jun 05, 2010 RUIMJO
60T6
May 24, 2010 jenn28
92T9
May 10, 2010 Mr_Nobody Mr. Nobody
15T9
Apr 28, 2010 djw263 djw263
83T10
Apr 11, 2010 ff02a320 ff02a320
60T3
Mar 29, 2010 mfidler1 mfidler1
83T9
Finally, a baseball movie that doesnt end in athletic triumph (just cinematic triumph)
Mar 29, 2010 annaleepea annaleepea
80T7
Mar 28, 2010 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
65T3
Mar 18, 2010 jswinder jswinder
79T7
Mar 18, 2010 cloque cloque
7T6
Mar 17, 2010 ledfloyd
80T7
Mar 11, 2010 IsaacFord IsaacFord
90T7
Mar 07, 2010 MSHA8888
73T7
Mar 02, 2010 filmfreak88 filmfreak88
90T10
This is certainly not one of those dreary and overdone inspirational sports flick. It is so much more. The filmmakers chose to tell this story the way it happens in the real world. That oftentimes, we lose more than we win and that dreams seldom turn into reality, if at all. And it is amidst this cruel realization that the protagonist must learn to carry on through life. The film manages to be poignant without being gooey or overly sentimental. This is exactly how it should be done.
Feb 22, 2010 filmaffinity filmaffinity
65T7
Feb 18, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
70T7
Feb 15, 2010 leshii leshii
86T9
Feb 07, 2010 heapshake heapshake
70T8
Feb 07, 2010 willxcore willxcore
82T7
Jan 29, 2010 dolphy
12T4
Jan 29, 2010 MurphDick
85T7
Jan 22, 2010 hellsditch hellsditch
84T9
Well acted, expertly paced story of a young Dominican who gets his "big break" when a Major League squad invites him to training camp in the U.S. "Sugar" hits many of the notes that you would expect from a story like this, and ends in the only way it probably could have, but I enjoyed the journey, especially the small moments ("french toast") and slight detours from the main story. Soto is great in the lead role, and not at all the "aww shucks" character movies like this would have him portray.
Jan 19, 2010 Dally Dally
75T6
Jan 18, 2010 Fran
80T8
Jan 13, 2010 magazz
50T1
Jan 13, 2010 gtown1479 gtown1479
90T10
Awesome baseball movie depicting the tough road that international ballplayers have to take to try to make the major leagues along with trying to learn a new culture, while leaving your family at home. It is amazing all the obstacles this guy has to face but it is for the chance of a lifetime (that was what my brain struggled with as I watched the film). The scenes in the Iowa home were great. It took a weird twist near the end, but I think I got it, and more importantly accepted it.
Jan 13, 2010 Kalmah7
81T8
Completely different than what you probably expect. That makes it good for the most part, even though the investment put into the movie makes the ending all the more affecting.
Jan 08, 2010 DBibby DBibby
87T9
Jan 08, 2010 Totoro.
45T2
Jan 04, 2010 Ercan Ercan
6T6
Jan 03, 2010 jamesford
77T3
Dec 25, 2009 ajdm
45T3
Dec 21, 2009 mosesismoses
82T7
Nov 30, 2009 WWallce4prez WWallce4prez
77T7
Nov 29, 2009 drmike
76T3
Nov 22, 2009 Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
81T8
Nov 22, 2009 korbenPL korbenPL
56T8
Nov 21, 2009 Kazaam Kazaam
96T10
Nov 15, 2009 aurelius99
70T4
Nov 14, 2009 TGTE TGTE
75T8
Nov 14, 2009 Cherish Cherish
62T5
Nov 12, 2009 mattybgame
80T9
Nov 10, 2009 NedMeier
82T7
Nov 08, 2009 nighthawk nighthawk
76T7
Nov 07, 2009 reubenite reubenite
80T8
Nov 04, 2009 CitizenX CitizenX
50T5
nice portrait ... but where was the ending ?!
Nov 04, 2009 chemical404 chemical404
70T9
To call it a sports movie would be very unfair, because baseball in this film is just a backdrop for realistic story that deal with subjects of isolation in foreign land and uncertainty about the future. Acting, script, cinematography - everything is nearly flawless. The only thing I didn't like is that some parts dragged for too long. Not a feel-good movie, but a realistic, honest look at life. Another winner from Fleck/Boden.
Oct 30, 2009 fzycow fzycow
89T8
Oct 28, 2009 bobyang bobyang
70T5
Oct 24, 2009 Holygrail2
94T9
Oct 20, 2009 grodrig1
93T8
Oct 20, 2009 thaklos thaklos
83T7
Unexpected, which is impressive for the genre. I like how the film manages to delve into what it means to be out of place without setting fire to its objectivity. Soto has a winsome charm that helps the film retain its levity and wonder, and some wonderful camera work transforms the sleepy backwaters of the farm teams into a setting worthy of the characters. My one complaint is that, for all the hardship on the screen, the film never really goes to a low place, emotionally. Worth checking out.
Oct 10, 2009 winds winds
5T6
Oct 09, 2009 ehrenkm
60T3
Oct 01, 2009 Bojangles Bojangles
65T7
Sep 23, 2009 jbull08
85T8
Sep 17, 2009 ode2dapillow
32T3
Sep 12, 2009 toluca
85T8
Sep 12, 2009 negative
2T6
Sep 10, 2009 JLCME20
82T8
Sep 08, 2009 Bryan C.
91T9
Sep 08, 2009 Gregzilla Gregzilla
70T9
Sep 03, 2009 brandonpcv brandonpcv
75T8
Aug 26, 2009 downbeat downbeat
82T6
very good film about what dominican baseball players go through to try to make it to the majors. very touching story and you get to see just how cut throat the majors can. even though the film is depressing there is some hope for the main character.
Aug 26, 2009 pknight
75T7
Aug 20, 2009 flowing flowing
68T7
Aug 14, 2009 Gody85 Gody85
52T6
Aug 09, 2009 pboyle
70T6
Aug 07, 2009 acerage
83T9
Aug 05, 2009 Eric_WK Eric WK
70T7
Jul 29, 2009 filmcricket
80T9
Jul 27, 2009 schnofel schnofel
70T8
Jul 21, 2009 tnt
60T6
Jul 20, 2009 raiders2000
88T8
Jul 19, 2009 ozymandius10 ozymandius10
70T6
Jul 01, 2009 lbregman
80T5
Jul 01, 2009 dbarrie
100T10
Jun 14, 2009 theficionado
75T8
Jun 06, 2009 partible partible
93T9
May 31, 2009 unclesausage
81T8
This movie made my antlers hurt
May 26, 2009 pompousass
20T6
May 25, 2009 jfalldorf
81T8
May 22, 2009 jewellrunner jewellrunner
89T10
May 16, 2009 MCR
82T9
May 16, 2009 nunstrangler
86T9
Complex drama surprises those expecting a by-the-book, "underdog-beats-the-odds" story by finding bigger ideas, and smaller, more personal moments.
May 03, 2009 sidehacker sidehacker
78T8
May 02, 2009 roujin roujin
60T6
Apr 29, 2009 TJ Ximenez
90T7
Apr 22, 2009 imdb imdb
73T8
Apr 20, 2009 TheDeek TheDeek
71T5
Apr 19, 2009 jbissell jbissell
85T8
Apr 17, 2009 brydav1
81T7
Apr 08, 2009 chaw
88T9
Apr 05, 2009 nminichino nminichino
70T7
Apr 04, 2009 massesRasses massesRasses
72T6
Apr 04, 2009 corruptelite
79T8
Apr 02, 2009 lonelypanda
50T5
Apr 02, 2009 Icarus Icarus
75T6
An enjoyable watch, though a step down for Fleck and Boden from the greatness of Half Nelson. We still have the culture clash theme here, but with only a single developed character, the film's narrative struggles to sustain momentum throughout. There's one fantastic shot about halfway through that formally brings Sugar's plight to life, some comedy, and a few nice dramatic moments. But the film misses opportunities for poetry and reflection, and the final shot feels too self-conscious.
Jan 01, 2003 Reavic
50T6
Average Tier 6.86 from 228 Rankings rss