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75
With the help of Hamilton, Ross and Olmos, sublime actors who radiate grit and grace, Sayles has made Go for Sisters a movie that stays inside your head long after you see it. It's a keeper.
75
The film's plot is articulated cleanly, if a bit too plainly at times, but as is so often the case in Sayles' movies, that's not where the director's interest lies. Go for Sisters lacks the epic quilt qualities of such sprawling Sayles pictures as "Lone Star" or "City of Hope," but this seems more a matter of intent than evidence of any sort of failure of vision.
75
This buddy/road film builds tension with its missing person quest in a border-crossing underworld.
75
Go for Sisters is minor Sayles, and the movie occasionally meanders. But the characters stay with you, particularly Bernice and Fontayne, whose relationship is beautifully transformed over the course of the film.
70
A return to form for John Sayles.
70
John Sayles' Go For Sisters is his best film in more than a decade, and feels like one he could've made in the 1980s. It's a small picture, simply presented, and exists outside of current trends-which isn't always to its benefit.
63
The element that really makes it work - when it does, which is not always - is Edward James Olmos, playing to perfection a weary retired police detective.
60
Like too many of Sayles' films, Go for Sisters seems bound to slip through the cracks, not quite memorable enough to make a lasting impression.
60
It's not bad, but it feels rote, as if the film's events are just an excuse for us to hang with the film's people.
60
It's Ross, however, who really makes a lasting impact. Someone should snap her up for a series - and soon.
60
The leads' chemistry and a wonderful pulp weariness that feels straight out of, say, George Pelecanos's novels makes up for a lot, yet despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema's foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game.
60
Go For Sisters is something of a frustration. It's the least interesting crime caper ever, and there are fascinating characters forced to go through the motions as if any of us could possibly care.
58
Go For Sisters, like the filmmaker's previous features "Amigo" and "Honeydripper," sustains a feeble premise with richly defined characters and strong performances, yielding an underwhelming but nonetheless sustainable viewing experience.
55
There are few enough directors with either Sayles' independent streak or his ability to parse the U.S.'s social and political divisions. In the best cases, the combination of the two makes his films vital. Go For Sisters, unfortunately, isn't the best case, even for itself.
50
LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross play persuasively embody modern urban feminine strength, but they're eventually stranded in a recycled road movie.
50
Though fitfully entertaining, it lacks the conviction and urgency present in even the weakest of his quasi agit-prop productions.
42
Like much of the later work by writer-director John Sayles, Go For Sisters is overlong, style-less, and dramatically undercooked.

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