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88
It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up.
80
The movie belongs to Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, both playing what one newspaper dubs "the lost children of the Empire," men broken by the appalling conditions that met them in their new homeland.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
One question is not addressed by the movie: Why were the children deported in the first place? Yes, we know the "reasons," but what were the motives?
75
Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys.
60
Moving if low-key, Jim Loach's debut feature is proof that compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking runs in the family.
50
Sunshine is stretched thin for the big screen. The decidedly art-house film is better suited for television.
50
Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but uninspired effort.
40
The movie lumbers, and Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro's affectless approach winds up tamping down the movie's good intentions.
38
Oranges and Sunshine is like a Mike Leigh movie drained of all its bodily fluids.
38
The film is so careful to avoid the luridness that would seem inevitably to accompany an excavation of child kidnapping, forced labor, and rape, that the result is a plodding, overly tasteful procedural that holds up its hero as an incorruptible embodiment of goodness.

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