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A Shine of Rainbows (2010)


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A young boy struggles to find love and acceptance with his new family in this drama from director Vic Sarin. Tomas (John Bell) is an eight-year-old orphan living in a home for children without parents on an island off the Irish coastline. Tomas has become a target for bullies and knows little peace at the orphanage, so he's overjoyed when he's adopted by Maire O'Donnell (Connie Nielsen), a lovely and caring woman who takes the boy under her wing. However, while Maire shows Tomas plenty of


Drama, Kids & Family

Vic Sarin, Catherine Spear

Mar 15, 2011

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Hey, what's not to like about cute orphans, baby seals, sweet moms and gruff dads with hearts of gold? And rainbows? If your heart is going thumpety-thump at such a prospect, here is the movie for you.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A family film that risks drowning in its own syrup.

April 9, 2010
Globe and Mail
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The story is sweet and tender, and it's modestly self-contained. Sure, it deals with some heavy topics and subjects, but it doesn't beat the viewer over the head with it.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A fine family film about an orphan who finds a satisfying new life in the countryside of Ireland.

May 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Gawd, this movie is so nauseatingly nice.

October 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A nice, wholesome movie with a positive story about learning to be loved and to love others. Unfortunately, it's also too dull and treacly for most tastes.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

Far from the most convincing source of matinee entertainment, it's pleasing to find something not backed by an aggressive marketing campaign, focused on the plague of modern youth, or weighed down by bathroom humor.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source:

A Shine of Rainbows is a sweet tale about a little boy and the mother who teaches him to appreciate every nook and cranny of everyday life.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for A Shine of Rainbows

Beautiful. Magical. Scenic. Heartwarming. Charming. Tearjerker. All my favorite qualities wrapped up in one nice little Irish film. I am a sucker for movies that revolve around children, and this one was no exception..Loved it!!
October 22, 2012

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The first time I saw newcomer John Bell as Tomas in A Shine of Rainbows, i saw an orphan filled with desire to be loved. When I saw Aidan Quinn, playing the boy's adoptive father, I saw resentment. And when I saw Connie Nielsen, as the boy's adoptive mother, I saw someone filled with magic.The kind of magic that could change someone's life, by just allowing them to be themselves.It took place on Corrie Island, close to the coast of Ireland, and it brought so much color to the movie, with breath taking landscapes. Some might consider the story to be too much sentimental, but it was not. It was too sincere and real for that. The beautiful scenery, and wonderful performances, put me under a spell. I cared for these characters. It was amazing how something that might not seem like much on the outside, could end up being so powerful and moving.It was a feel good movie despite of the tragedy Tomas experienced at such a young age. The message brought here was how love given to a complete stranger could transform people in such a positive way.
April 9, 2011
Daisy Maduro

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A magically heartwarming film about people adjusting to the trails and tribulations of life while finding strength, love, and happiness.
May 8, 2010
Movee Critic

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    1. Maire: Wise men think. Fools talk.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
    1. Maire: I know he can be as warm and inviting as that old King Fingerrock. But underneath it all, there's a tender heart. You'll come to know that one day.
    – Submitted by Frances H (23 months ago)
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