A deeply religious black ex-con thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor who tries to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, 'The Sunset Limited.' As the one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair. Locked in a philosophical debate, both passionately defend their personal credos and try to convert the other.
It is, perhaps, a bit too attached to its own belief in the power of language — the men talk at each other hard and continuously, rarely scooting over to make room for passing silence or even momentary pause.
— Mary McNamara (Los Angeles Times)
[I] can't bring myself to care [about] two grizzled old men (sitting) in a dingy apartment and (arguing) philosophy. […] If that's how I wanted to entertain myself, I'd get out my My Dinner With Andre action figures and have at it.
— Paige Wiser (Chicago Sun-Times)