Sounder 1972

Critics score:
88 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Greenspun, New York Times: If Sounder, an inteligent enough movie, avoids all the major pitfalls of its type, it also lacks the excitement that may have come from plumbing greater depths and discovering a few tougher, less accessible insights. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Painfully honest, unpretentious, and blessedly simple. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: Director Martin Ritt soaks us in the heat, the beauty, the racism and the buzzing cicadas of Louisiana. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It is one of the most compassionate and truthful of movies, and there's not a level where it doesn't succeed completely. Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out: Ritt's film must respond to the needs of an entertainment industry, and in its desire to be uplifting, leaves its characters one-dimensional without ensuring that the one dimension is heroic. Read more

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