Sunshine Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Nothing anyone does makes much sense, but gad, is it ever gorgeous.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 22, 2007
The picture would be nothing, an incomplete Venn diagram, without Murphy.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 27, 2007
Cluttered storytelling undermines Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2007
On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2007
Sunshine, if a fireball, is one that warns us yet again of the danger of flying too close to the sun.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 27, 2007
For Mr. Boyle, a Swiss Army knife of a filmmaker, there's always something new.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 27, 2007
There's a near-tactile pleasure to the special effects in Sunshine that is uncommon in this era of CGI imagery.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2007
Other movies may explore the depths of outer space. This movie explores the shallows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2007
At a certain point, like a dying star about to pop into eternal nothingness, the movie can't be seen as anything -- it just implodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 26, 2007
Sunshine comes with the promise of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as imagined by Danny Boyle. Even as Armageddon as imagined by Danny Boyle, it doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 26, 2007
Sunshine quickly fades from near-brilliance to dim potboiler.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2007
Not as good as you'd expect, but with Boyle expectations are almost unfairly high.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 26, 2007
Beam yourselves aboard Sunshine, set 50 years in the future. The voyage works, beautifully.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
A sometimes dazzling, but ultimately disappointing futuristic mind-game.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 23, 2007
The film is nonsense, and what counts is whether viewers will feel able to lay aside their logical complaints and bask in what remains: a trip in search of a tan.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 20, 2007
As a pure cinematic experience, it's exhilaratingly, brutally beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 20, 2007
The pressure to save mankind is enormous, and our attention grows as the tension mounts. Light is used in haunting and powerful ways throughout. But as the film ultimately deviates from its course, the entire undertaking suffers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 20, 2007
Sunshine -- despite a title so at odds with the film's tone -- is engrossing, believable and intelligent sci-fi filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
The overall effect is the creation of something truly unbearable -- and the curious thing is that this unbearableness is apparent from the first portentous voice-over 30 seconds into the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 20, 2007
Every frame wows with exquisite arrangements of light and color; each of the characters' choices is packed with a sense of consequence and urgency that makes us feel as if we're frittering away our lives by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 20, 2007
So what starts out as fascinating sci-fi becomes just fi, and winds up pulp fi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2007
Who cares? The characters are so sketchily drawn that it's hard to keep them straight, let alone get worked up about their survival.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 20, 2007
The experience of watching Sunshine is one of nearly relentless tension, a sticky-palmed dread that takes on literally cosmic proportions as the story progresses.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 20, 2007
We don't know if we're watching a thriller or a sci-fi parable, a utopian dream or a deeply cynical nightmare. But in the end, it may not matter. The whole thing burns out well before the director reaches his final destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
July 20, 2007
Boyle's spiritual and metaphysical musings intertwine neatly with his pop sensibility, imbuing this with an art-house intelligence without diluting its summer blockbuster appeal.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2007
...science-fiction fans will like it, and also brainiacs, and those who sometimes look at the sky and think, man, there's a lot going on up there, and we can't even define precisely what a soliton is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 20, 2007
If their [Boyle and Garland] movie doesn't float your boat as a work of science-fiction, action, philosophy, heliocentrism, or staggering visual spectacle (although, it really should), then it certainly succeeds as a parable for cinematic ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 20, 2007
As the ship moves closer to the Sun, and people and things begin to fall apart, Mr. Doyle and his screenwriter, Alex Garland, goose their science fiction with action- and horror-genre beats, increasingly turning up the chills and thrills.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2007
Brightness has never seemed as menacing as it does in Sunshine, the nail-bitingly tense science-fiction thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 19, 2007
Danny Boyle gets some tension going, and, as the crew members are eliminated one by one, a cosmic despair sets in.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 19, 2007
Near-classic modern science fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2007
...the most ravishingly atmospheric movie I've seen all year. This is not primarily a look-at-my-gizmos dog-and-pony show, though Boyle does amazing things with light to create a self-contained world trapped in space.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 18, 2007
Sunshine has a more ethereal look than the average science fiction movie but, considering the subject matter, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2007
While the unfathomable burning brightness of the sun bathes the whole picture in flashes of cinematic dazzle, Boyle and his team ground the story in details chosen for their sophisticated, underplayed authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
July 17, 2007
Funny thing is, Sunshine works despite feeling both over-familiar and over-ambitious.
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 17, 2007
The early intensity of Sunshine wanes in the third act. The film becomes a ferocious jumble, and rather than a supernova finish, it winks out amid stale New Age notions of the continuity of life and connectedness of all things.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 16, 2007
The first hour and change is gangbusters, the last part unnerving enough to get by.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
April 10, 2007
It's in the relationship between the crew and the sun that 'Sunshine' really shines.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 4, 2007
An extraordinary film, operating simultaneously at visceral, psychological and spiritual levels as it takes us on a voyage into space with the fate of mankind at stake.
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Derek Elley
Variety
April 3, 2007
Like a collapsing star, Sunshine initially burns brightly but finally implodes into a dramatic black hole.