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John Sayles

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Plot Summary

From Oscar nominated director John Sayles comes an electrifying and vivid rock 'n' roll fable. When Tyrone, owner of the Honeydripper lounge, is faced with having to shut down his juke joint, his hopes rest on one man—the famous Guitar Sam. It's a make or break weekend for the Honeydripper, this better be some Saturday night! With exquisite performances by Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen and Sean Patrick Thomas; and featuring musicians Keb' Mo' and Dr. Mable John—Honeydripper is an award winning film, full of great music and plenty of soul.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 85
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: While this may not be the rowdiest birth-of-rock-'n'-roll film ever made -- it's very likely the least rowdy -- Sayles addresses a transitional moment in his own patient, precise way. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Oct 20, 2008

Fresh: Even more than the music in this musically rich picture, the great pleasure of Honeydripper is in watching Danny Glover as Tyrone Purvis, the club owner. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: Trudging nobly under a mantle of impeccably earnest intentions and a fussy, too-quaint-by-half production design, Honeydripper lags and drags to its utterly predictable end. There's not a spark of spontaneity or soul about it. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It survives on its versatile leads, its smoky cinematography (courtesy of Dick Pope) and its seductive musical performances, which run from gospel to jazz to blues to the to the electrifying kick-start of early rock 'n' roll. – Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $4.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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