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Sunshine (2007)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 165
Fresh: 124 | Rotten: 41

Danny Boyle continues his descent into mind-twisting sci-fi madness, taking us along for the ride. Sunshine fulfills the dual requisite necessary to become classic sci-fi: dazzling visuals with intelligent action.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 15

Danny Boyle continues his descent into mind-twisting sci-fi madness, taking us along for the ride. Sunshine fulfills the dual requisite necessary to become classic sci-fi: dazzling visuals with intelligent action.



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Fifty years from now, the sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope: a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. There is an accident, a fatal mistake, and a distress beacon from a spaceship that disappeared seven years earlier. Soon the crew is fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.


Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Alex Garland

Jan 8, 2008


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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (124) | Rotten (41) | DVD (31)

Nothing anyone does makes much sense, but gad, is it ever gorgeous.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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The picture would be nothing, an incomplete Venn diagram, without Murphy.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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Cluttered storytelling undermines Sunshine.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Sunshine, if a fireball, is one that warns us yet again of the danger of flying too close to the sun.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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For Mr. Boyle, a Swiss Army knife of a filmmaker, there's always something new.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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In an age of technical advancements when filmmakers have circumvented ideas for synthetic visual thrills, here is a movie that plays like some decisive, brilliant rebellion to that pattern.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source:

Don't pack a tube of SPF 50 to the theater; bring a can of Jolt or a double espresso.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comments (2)
East Bay Express

"Sunshine's" mostly cerebral adventure into unquantifiable science and human nature makes its huh-what conclusion more forgivable. Loopy as it gets, once the Icarus II sets a course for the heart of the sun, "Sunshine" becomes a head-trip and a half.

October 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

Sunshine is a fantastically enjoyable film that works our minds, delights our senses and shows that futuristic science fiction can be serious drama rather than mere popcorn fodder.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Garland and Boyle are nothing if not ambitious. They want us to consider the Big Questions about the importance of mankind as well as science versus fundamentalism.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm | Comments (2)

A barely noticeable eclipse next to the poetry of Woman in the Moon and Mission to Mars

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (6)

Leaves a lot to be desired from the standpoint of plot, character development and scientific credibility.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (3)
Laramie Movie Scope

not crammed with excitement, but it is thoroughly engrossing

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

a visually striking film that uses the expected elements of the science fiction genre to create memorable, sometimes mesmerizing images

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Sunshine is remarkable for the technical virtuosity with which it creates life on a space vehicle and the cosmos around it.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The closer he gets to the sun, the more Boyle loses his nerve, reducing a tense, unpredictable thriller to a needlessly bloody, pseudo-spiritual mess.

April 10, 2008 | Comments (4)
San Francisco Examiner

Sunshine belongs to that select group of science-fiction films that care more about the science than the fiction.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Comments (3)
Colorado Springs Gazette

Rarely do we get to enjoy such complex, adult characters, realistic dialogue and stunning imagery in the fantastic genres.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A decent science-fiction movie which despite its solid overall production would surely have been a lot better had the momentum and ethereal quality of its first two acts been smoothly transitioned into the finale.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Sunshine doesn't just crash and burn; it blisters like the solar-obsessed Searle until there's nothing left but a pile of dust.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source:

Boyle and his cast set the controls to the heart of the sun and drive the interstellar pilgrimage beyond the dubious science and rickety story line with magnificent imagery and a gravity that pulls you in.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It may, at the very end, be a failure, but it's a glorious failure.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Comment (1)
Zertinet Movies

Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller is enjoyable, well acted and packed with references throughout although it abandons its fascinating premise for a disappointingly conventional finale.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Unlike the films of Kubrick, Tarkovsky and Scott, Sunshine is empty of ideas. So Boyle fills the void with sound.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Sunshine

A remarkable, completely mesmerizing under-seen film from Danny Boyle about a group of eight astronauts sent up into space in hopes of reviving a dying sun 50 years into the future by setting off a nuclear bomb the size of Manhattan Island inside it. Everybody complains about the last 1/3 of this film, and I'm not quite sure why. Yes, it undergoes a dramatic shift in tone but I for one found it to add yet another thrilling layer to an already intense story. Cillian Murphy's all-out turn drives this film for the most part, with nice support from his supporting cast. More importantly, this thing is just beautiful to look at. The one thing I would complain about would be a lack of character development (then again, you could say the same thing for "Alien" and other classics, too, which I love) and an unclear look at why the main villain in the film chooses to do what he does. Still, as violent as the tone change might be and as underdeveloped or undercooked some of Boyle's and writer Alex Garland's ideas might look at times, this picture makes up for these shortcomings and some by providing a ridiculously hypnotizing story and action on-screen. The ending is both tragic and fitting, with an epic score to complement the orange waves of the beautiful sun captured in full-scope. I for one really, really like this movie.
June 14, 2014
Dan Schultz

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Memorable and intelligent.
January 21, 2014

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December 29, 2013
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    1. Cassie: Finish it.
    – Submitted by Karene A (12 months ago)
    1. Pinbacker: This is Pinbacker... Commander of Icarus I. We have abandoned our mission. Our sun is dying. All our science, all our hopes, our genes, are foolish!
    – Submitted by Karene A (12 months ago)
    1. Icarus: Ninety seven percent of shield in full sunlight.
    2. Kaneda: Final panel and closing of shield is secure.
    3. Capa: You have to move now! Captain!
    4. Harvey: Kaneda's not going to make it.
    5. Capa: Captain! You have-
    6. Harvey: It's too far.
    7. Capa: Have to move! Why isn't he moving?
    8. Searle: Kaneda. What do you see?
    – Submitted by Karene A (12 months ago)
    1. Capa: A new star borne out of a dying one. I think it's going to be beautiful. No, I'm not scared.
    2. Cassie: I am.
    – Submitted by Karene A (12 months ago)
    1. Icarus: Capa, you are dying. All crew are dying.
    – Submitted by Karene A (12 months ago)
    1. Mace: It's the time. Sixteen months, you can get used to anything... you just lose track. I won't lose track again.
    – Submitted by Karene A (12 months ago)
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