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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 25 collections
1. Female Directors (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 64 stars)
2. Metacritic - Universal Acclaim (public: moderated by sengir - 12 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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TCI | Percentile | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Apr 11 LMFAO
78 88%
Jul 14, 2017 geckoteck
63 61%
Jul 01, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
74 62%
May 01, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
69 75%
Feb 26, 2017 teckgecko teckgecko
68 38%
Feb 26, 2017 Tester Tester
63 62%
Feb 24, 2017 Panunzio
70 44%
Jan 10, 2017 owl89135
7 46%
Nov 18, 2016 Ronin22
69 83%
Oct 31, 2016 jerrywarton
66 58%
Aug 13, 2016 lucidquasar
60 12%
Jun 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
37 67%
Mar 29, 2016 joegarland
98 77%
Feb 14, 2016 robot2xl robot2xl
74 83%
Dec 11, 2015 MichaelOKeef
70 59%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
80 89%
Sep 24, 2015 HKi HKi
70 51%
Jul 03, 2015 rkosiba31
77 83%
Jun 26, 2015 lapcat01
77 69%
May 18, 2015 zetes
80 63%
May 10, 2015 intelearts
100 84%
May 10, 2015 kenneth-r
50 49%
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
70 60%
Apr 28, 2015 rklenseth rklenseth
90 91%
Apr 24, 2015 cardsos01
55 54%
Mar 16, 2015 10kfilms
73 69%
Feb 02, 2015 denm
70 61%
Jan 24, 2015 msprague msprague
75 73%
Dec 09, 2014 roger-ebert
35 79%
Dec 05, 2014 tmazur
77 58%
Sep 26, 2014 themadelf66 themadelf66
82 78%
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
70 40%
Sep 09, 2014 darkpoet
60 32%
Jul 11, 2014 johnhuss
85 63%
May 06, 2014 blucthulhu
90 93%
May 01, 2014 SickForay SickForay
78 73%
Apr 13, 2014 jbeyoglo
30 16%
Mar 30, 2014 dequinix dequinix
80 90%
Mar 18, 2014 ngebe
60 65%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
80 73%
Feb 12, 2014 dwyer dwyer
80 63%
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
67 65%
Jan 12, 2014 mb9607
80 %
Nov 30, 2013 ecalder ecalder
72 80%
Sep 11, 2013 marjoline
80 74%
Jul 25, 2013 DrGoatman DrGoatman
83 87%
Jul 04, 2013 mallamp
75 64%
Jul 03, 2013 maddriver52
52 15%
May 26, 2013 Kilgore
50 28%
Mar 12, 2013 Nepeta
80 66%
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
3 77%
Jan 29, 2013 rgfridde
59 31%
Dec 15, 2012 Simolence
70 53%
Nov 30, 2012 danastevens
80 73%
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
66 32%
Nov 01, 2012 TheMachine
70 43%
Oct 29, 2012 Vmfs
4 12%
Oct 12, 2012 AVclub
9 84%
Oct 10, 2012 bones_r
70 55%
Sep 30, 2012 masoo masoo
75 60%
Sep 26, 2012 RetinaScan RetinaScan
90 75%
Sep 23, 2012 FutureCritic FutureCritic
78 51%
Aug 27, 2012 Wulf
60 18%
Aug 19, 2012 filmaddict filmaddict
67 25%
Jul 17, 2012 JEMN
70 51%
Jun 28, 2012 catfacer catfacer
79 64%
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
78 86%
Apr 29, 2012 pl_
80 88%
Apr 29, 2012 Bondo
73 45%
Apr 21, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
82 72%
Apr 21, 2012 Spewlon53
78 64%
Apr 07, 2012 chiphall72
82 78%
Mar 20, 2012 Cerebrus Cerebrus
80 81%
Feb 25, 2012 feelgoodguy feelgoodguy
77 75%
Feb 22, 2012 nickbnewell
60 13%
Feb 15, 2012 NothingsGood NothingsGood
45 39%
Feb 13, 2012 ewdewald ewdewald
85 85%
Feb 03, 2012 JJ1986 JJ1986
30 6%
Jan 29, 2012 Greg K
59 26%
Jan 22, 2012 Beacon
88 88%
Jan 18, 2012 JakeR Jake_R
89 94%
Dec 30, 2011 amanohyo amanohyo
50 39%
Dec 25, 2011 DougieD
85 62%
Dec 06, 2011 Mike_V
85 77%
Nov 27, 2011 FrankHowley FrankHowley
70 48%
Nov 26, 2011 thecritic7
70 66%
Nov 24, 2011 natebarrios natebarrios
70 47%
Nov 23, 2011 J-Max
70 23%
Nov 04, 2011 Amember
8 45%
Oct 23, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
68 82%
Oct 21, 2011 feelthefeeva
47 68%
Oct 17, 2011 ratedargh ratedargh
70 44%
Oct 16, 2011 ewp1994
80 65%
Sep 16, 2011 falsebinary
86 80%
Sep 16, 2011 njasdjdh
90 73%
Sep 03, 2011 samliao
82 52%
Aug 07, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
82 93%
Aug 02, 2011 nymetsman00
80 29%
Jul 22, 2011 cfusion
45 3%
Jun 17, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
3 30%
May 14, 2011 jonnykungfu
65 43%
Apr 20, 2011 newdawnfades
75 66%
Apr 04, 2011 hardcle
80 59%
Mar 21, 2011 NRM02
56 49%
Mar 19, 2011 NRM01
45 18%
Mar 16, 2011 zevel6
63 76%
Mar 16, 2011 DeazMoviez DeazMoviez
70 45%
Mar 11, 2011 jildeese
85 54%
Jan 19, 2011 TenSpades
72 41%
Jan 09, 2011 M I
74 68%
Jan 03, 2011 DallasW
86 59%
Dec 24, 2010 ArmondWhite ArmondWhite
1 %
Such indie banality -- linked to liberal message-mongering -- proves Fleck-Boden go into a slump long before rookie Miguel.
Dec 04, 2010 Shmendrek Shmendrek
5 96%
Dec 02, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
30 78%
"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
71 84%
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
69 70%
Oct 12, 2010 Princezz Princezz
70 49%
Oct 01, 2010 jhmee8
74 38%
Oct 01, 2010 Dancon7
74 68%
Sep 28, 2010 ari
75 72%
Sep 21, 2010 DavidKahane DavidKahane
81 68%
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
80 49%
Sep 03, 2010 rumplemcfunk
70 78%
Aug 13, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
72 58%
Aug 07, 2010 lotr23 lotr23
70 65%
Aug 02, 2010 AAAutin AAAutin
80 95%
Jul 31, 2010 robertrjs
80 67%
Jul 28, 2010 sheddle
88 77%
Jul 20, 2010 torontodog torontodog
80 82%
The Bicycle Thief as a AA ball pitcher.
Jun 05, 2010 RUIMJO
60 49%
May 24, 2010 jenn28
92 78%
May 10, 2010 Mr_Nobody Mr. Nobody
15 87%
Apr 28, 2010 djw263 djw263
83 89%
Apr 11, 2010 ff02a320 ff02a320
60 18%
Mar 29, 2010 mfidler1 mfidler1
83 78%
Finally, a baseball movie that doesnt end in athletic triumph (just cinematic triumph)
Mar 29, 2010 annaleepea annaleepea
80 55%
Mar 28, 2010 rafaelbastos rafaelbastos
65 22%
Mar 18, 2010 jswinder jswinder
79 61%
Mar 18, 2010 cloque cloque
7 56%
Mar 17, 2010 ledfloyd
80 68%
Mar 11, 2010 IsaacFord IsaacFord
90 62%
Mar 07, 2010 MSHA8888
73 67%
Mar 02, 2010 filmfreak88 filmfreak88
90 96%
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
65 61%
Feb 18, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
70 61%
Feb 15, 2010 leshii leshii
86 83%
Feb 07, 2010 heapshake heapshake
70 71%
Feb 07, 2010 willxcore willxcore
82 62%
Jan 29, 2010 dolphy
12 32%
Jan 29, 2010 MurphDick
85 59%
Jan 22, 2010 hellsditch hellsditch
84 81%
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
75 52%
Jan 18, 2010 Fran
80 75%
Jan 13, 2010 magazz
50 7%
Jan 13, 2010 gtown1479 gtown1479
90 93%
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
81 71%
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
87 88%
Jan 08, 2010 Totoro.
45 16%
Jan 04, 2010 Ercan Ercan
6 55%
Jan 03, 2010 jamesford
77 22%
Dec 25, 2009 ajdm
45 21%
Dec 21, 2009 mosesismoses
82 66%
Nov 30, 2009 WWallce4prez WWallce4prez
77 62%
Nov 29, 2009 drmike
76 22%
Nov 22, 2009 Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
81 75%
Nov 22, 2009 korbenPL korbenPL
56 76%
Nov 21, 2009 Kazaam Kazaam
96 99%
Nov 15, 2009 aurelius99
70 31%
Nov 14, 2009 TGTE TGTE
75 66%
Nov 14, 2009 Cherish Cherish
62 45%
Nov 12, 2009 mattybgame
80 82%
Nov 10, 2009 NedMeier
82 61%
Nov 08, 2009 nighthawk nighthawk
76 66%
Nov 07, 2009 reubenite reubenite
80 61%
Nov 04, 2009 CitizenX CitizenX
50 42%
nice portrait ... but where was the ending ?!
Nov 04, 2009 chemical404 chemical404
70 83%
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
89 73%
Oct 28, 2009 bobyang bobyang
70 48%
Oct 24, 2009 Holygrail2
94 80%
Oct 20, 2009 grodrig1
93 78%
Oct 20, 2009 thaklos thaklos
83 66%
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
5 51%
Oct 09, 2009 ehrenkm
60 20%
Oct 01, 2009 Bojangles Bojangles
65 69%
Sep 23, 2009 jbull08
85 76%
Sep 17, 2009 ode2dapillow
32 28%
Sep 12, 2009 toluca
85 69%
Sep 12, 2009 negative
2 %
Sep 10, 2009 JLCME20
82 74%
Sep 08, 2009 Bryan C.
91 83%
Sep 08, 2009 Gregzilla Gregzilla
70 87%
Sep 03, 2009 brandonpcv brandonpcv
75 71%
Aug 26, 2009 downbeat downbeat
82 56%
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
75 59%
Aug 20, 2009 flowing flowing
68 75%
Aug 14, 2009 Gody85 Gody85
52 55%
Aug 09, 2009 pboyle
70 49%
Aug 07, 2009 acerage
83 80%
Aug 05, 2009 Eric_WK Eric WK
70 60%
Jul 29, 2009 filmcricket
80 89%
Jul 27, 2009 schnofel schnofel
70 73%
Jul 21, 2009 tnt
60 46%
Jul 20, 2009 raiders2000
88 71%
Jul 19, 2009 ozymandius10 ozymandius10
70 55%
Jul 01, 2009 lbregman
80 29%
Jul 01, 2009 dbarrie
100 84%
Jun 14, 2009 theficionado
75 74%
Jun 06, 2009 partible partible
93 85%
May 31, 2009 unclesausage
81 76%
This movie made my antlers hurt
May 26, 2009 pompousass
20 44%
May 25, 2009 jfalldorf
81 69%
May 22, 2009 jewellrunner jewellrunner
89 90%
May 16, 2009 MCR
82 83%
May 16, 2009 nunstrangler
86 83%
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
78 76%
May 02, 2009 roujin roujin
60 55%
Apr 29, 2009 TJ Ximenez
90 62%
Apr 22, 2009 imdb imdb
73 78%
Apr 20, 2009 TheDeek TheDeek
71 48%
Apr 19, 2009 jbissell jbissell
85 76%
Apr 17, 2009 brydav1
81 64%
Apr 08, 2009 chaw
88 81%
Apr 05, 2009 nminichino nminichino
70 67%
Apr 04, 2009 massesRasses massesRasses
72 53%
Apr 04, 2009 corruptelite
79 79%
Apr 02, 2009 lonelypanda
50 30%
Apr 02, 2009 Icarus Icarus
75 50%
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
50 42%
Average Percentile 61.36% from 228 Rankings rss