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SUNSHINE STATE


"... it creates a cinematic mosaic of American lives unprecedented in its range, balance, subtlety and even-handedness. More than a dozen indelible characters are woven into Mr. Sayles's multigenerational, multicultural tapestry. By the end of the film you feel you've not only touched the soul of each one but also tasted some salty essence of our national life... Ms. Falco's Marly is so fully realized that not a drop of her signature role on 'The Sopranos' is allowed to leak into her performance...a great film on its own sober, unflashy terms." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"'Sunshine State' has a tendency to be too didactic at times, to be of more pressing sociological than dramatic interest, as some characters get lost or feel underdeveloped in the welter of intriguing factual information the film wants us to know...Falco, best known as Carmela Soprano, gives the performance of the film as the brusque, forceful, nervy Marly, who takes an interest in tony landscape architect Jack Meadows (an excellent Timothy Hutton) though she knows she probably shouldn't...Mary Steenburgen as Delrona Beach's biggest Chamber of Commerce booster and Gordon Clapp as her banker husband appear so infrequently you forget they're part of the film." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"Edie Falco sparks the film as Marly, a divorcee who runs a motel owned by her retired dad ... You can feel the heat that ignites this gripping tale, and the humor and humanity that root it in feeling. Sayles knows how to use his social conscience: He lets it rip." --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"His leisurely, messy 'Sunshine State' generally isn't up to the standard of 'Lone Star' or 'Matewan' ... it's still far more interesting and intelligent than anything coming out of the studios...every overlong or didactic scene tends to be balanced by a genuinely poignant one...if you have the patience to stick it out, 'Sunshine State' is still worth a visit." --Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post

"There's nary an off note among this ensemble, and Bassett is especially hypnotic as she draws our gaze inward along with Desiree. The film, however, belongs to Falco, who fairly shimmers with the clear-eyed emotions of a woman who's long outgrown her cutoffs and tank tops, dead-end affairs and dogged drudgery, and finds that salvation lies in merely admitting it." --Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, LA Weekly

"Like most novelists, Sayles doesn't always have that much to say. Though his latest, 'Sunshine State,' shows his usual literary care, it's a very slight work compared with such cinematic tomes as 'Lone Star,' 'Matewan' and 'Eight Men Out.'" --Jack Mathews, The New York Daily News

"...prickly, strong-willed Desiree-a would-be actress who ended up an infomercial regular-and wry, tequila-besotted Marly are two superbly drawn (and performed) characters standing at a midlife intersection of resilience and disillusionment...the whole of 'Sunshine State' is less than the sum of its parts, but the parts are often lovely, and always true." --Jessica Winter, The Village Voice