(I) (2008)

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Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Sugar is that sweetest of films: A sensitive and memorable story that surprises at every turn.
In its unhurried fashion, Sugar can take its place with the best baseball movies. Where most focus on the grand slam, this one's about the life that surrounds the game and everything that comes after.
A baseball movie, a stranger-in-a-strange-land movie, a movie about real people facing real challenges in the real world, Sugar is all that and more.
This one slice of the American experience amounts to one of the best films of the year.
The result is raw and riveting.
Algenis Perez Soto plays the character so openly, so naturally, that an interesting thing happens: Baseball is only the backdrop, not the subject. This is a wonderful film.
The film's style is so ''objective'' it's a bit subdued, yet this is a sports drama of total originality, as well as the most authentic inside view of the immigrant experience the movies have given us in quite a while.
The filmmakers have mostly cast from Dominican playing fields rather than from acting studios -- Algenis Perez Soto, the accomplished first-time performer who plays Miguel Sugar Santos, was himself a teen ballplayer -- so game and practice sequences have an easy authenticity from the start.
San Francisco Chronicle
A gripping look at the immigrant experience, with small moments as important - and visually arresting - as any on the baseball diamond.
The price of the production's integrity is a leisurely pace -- but it's a worthwhile one. Though Sugar demands patience, it deserves attention.
A thoughtful drama about guys who have a moment in the big time before returning home to an odd reflected glory.

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