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2014 3.0/5 IMDb 6.8/10 (869) PG SuperHD 102 minutes

The life and controversial career of Carl Boenish is recalled in this documentary that chronicles the skydiver's invention of BASE jumping.

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Directed by Marah Strauch

Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Sports Documentaries, Sports Movies, Sports & Fitness

Language: English

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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You may find "Sunshine Superman" exhilarating or you may find "Sunshine Superman" terrifying, but you almost surely will not find it boring.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2015-07-28

 

Engrossing, tension-filled and utterly fascinating.

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2015-06-09

 

While the doc takes a conventional and even pedestrian approach -- with multiple talking-head interviews and some re-enactments with actors -- there is also plenty of spectacular archival footage showing jumps dating back to the 1960s.

Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun, 2015-06-08

 

[A] spectacular and affecting portrait.

Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-06-08

 

Long before there were GoPros, there was Boenish, a camera mounted on his helmet, jumping from Yosemite's El Capitan or L.A. skyscrapers under construction.

Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail, 2015-06-04

 

Boenish's wife, Jean, who trained to jump with him, is interviewed extensively, and, although Strauch doesn't provide much backstory for her, she emerges as that rarity -- a perfect matchup to a seemingly unmatchable man.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2015-05-29

 

Sunshine Superman, named for the Donovan song, is about more than just Boenish. It's about the power of the image, something that Strauch uses to great effect.

Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-05-29

 

The result is as much the portrait of a marriage as it is history of a sport and its founder, and if it occasionally feels repetitive or murky, its moments of magnificence remain undimmed.

Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2015-05-28

 

The action shots are intoxicating, as close as most of us will get to feeling the jumpers' euphoria.

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-05-28

 

The real-life stunts are eminently suspenseful and exhilarating, and adrenaline junkies will be well pleased. For the uninitiated, however, Strauch's adoring treatment of the Boenishes may be a little hard to stomach.

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-05-28

 

[A] gripping documentary.

Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2015-05-28

 

"Sunshine Superman" might seem like a niche story, with its focus on stunts that most people wouldn't dream of actually doing, but the documentary feels universal. It's simply an examination of how one man fully embraced life while charting his own path.

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2015-05-28

 

Strauch makes a compelling case for the exhilaration of living, and dying, on your own terms, a freedom so few of us ever truly experience.

Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News, 2015-05-26

 

A bittersweet documentary about Carl Boenish, who looked at very tall things and saw an opportunity to leap.

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2015-05-21

 

Director Marah Strauch gives the film an exhilarating uplift of its own.

Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, 2015-05-21

 

The exhilarating documentary "Sunshine Superman," which melds gorgeous aerial photography of Boenish's jumps with sublime musical cues, finds in Boenish a kind of poet-adventurer, equal parts pixie and desperado.

Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2015-05-20

 

An informative, if not engrossing, history of a sport.

Katherine Pushkar, New York Daily News, 2015-05-20

 

You may not leave Sunshine Superman wanting to emulate Carl and Jean, but you will feel like you've vicariously bonded with them.

Simon Abrams, Village Voice, 2015-05-19

 

The film, like its subject and everyone who talks about him, is frustratingly short on analysis or insight.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2015-05-21

 

The subjects themselves may soar, but the film that contains them remains frustratingly earthbound.

Keith Uhlich, AV Club, 2015-05-21

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