Sayles’ golden period was the ‘80s and ’90s, when a particular sort of American independent film gained unexpected popular traction: one that prized psychology and a sense of place above everything else (“sex, lies and videotape” and “Sling Blade” are just two examples). “Go for Sisters” feels very much like a product of that era. It’s warm, incisive but meandering and a bit lumpy at times. Your affection for it will probably depend on how much patience you have for films in that mode.
Matt Zoller Seitz
November 08, 2013