Opening Friday, June 12, Sugar arrives with a wealth of good reviews.
"Sugar gets more right about the buzz and hum of a country baseball field at night, about the supremely mental engagement a pitcher has with his target and his body, about the half empty stands filled with devoted, beer swilling fans in minor league towns, than any narrative film to date," argues Brandon Harris of Spoutblog.
"A moving, surprising and provocative baseball flick that rises immediately to No. 1 with a bullet on my personal list... Are there any other baseball movies that work equally well for hardcore fans and for those totally uninterested in the game?" asks Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir, introducing his interview with directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
The New York Times' A.O. Scott: "Though it tells a fictional story, Sugar belongs on the shelf with Hoop Dreams, another great film that challenges us to shed our illusions about sports even as we retain our capacity to delight in the games themselves."