(1999)

Critic Reviews

71

Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
San Francisco Chronicle
From the outside, Sunshine sounds like the most boring film on Earth. In fact, it's glorious.
100
Philadelphia Inquirer
A powerful film.
88
Chicago Tribune
An incredibly ambitious film and one of the most highly accomplished of the year.
83
Entertainment Weekly
While inevitably oversimplified, is never less than engrossing.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
This is a movie of substance and thrilling historical sweep, and its three hours allow Szabo to show the family's destiny forming and shifting under pressure.
75
USA Today
This movie doesn't make you think you are watching art. It's closer to a high-end TV movie with lots of familiar faces.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The filmmaking is uninspired and Fiennes inexplicably plays three different characters with exactly the same acting style.
75
Miami Herald
For filmgoers not interested in history, Sunshine might be a three-hour investment they may not want to undertake.
75
New York Post
It is often as powerful as it is elegantly shot. Unfortunately, Szabo tends to tell this rather predictable tale in an obvious yet uneven way.
63
New York Daily News
The saga might have worked better as a novel, where we could cast the characters with our imaginations, and keep them straight.
52
Mr. Showbiz
Eventually succumbs to fatal overlength.

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