• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Christine Jeffs
    In Theaters:
    Mar 13, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 25, 2009
  • Overture Films


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Sunshine Cleaning Reviews

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Ali Gray

Sunshine Cleaning a compelling and thoroughly adult picture, boasting an original plot and, in Adams and Blunt, two of the most talented young actresses working today.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, two fine actresses, get the opportunity to glow in strong lead roles as complex, emotionally fractured females who work hard to earn your respect -- and reclaim their own.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

New directions in chick flicks: dried arterial blood sprays, maggots, and heart tugs.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Joshua Starnes

Sunshine Cleaning is a decent film, especially if you already like this sort of thing, with a lot of subtlety and a desire to represent actual human beings without demonizing or beatifying any of them.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

March 30, 2011
Mike Edwards
What Culture

Well worth a look for those who aren't too disillusioned with the post-Juno Indie film scene.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2011

Amy Adams sweeps through the wide-ranging role with zest, enthusiasm and just the right touch of simmering self-anger.

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 15, 2010
Louis Proyect

This is a flick about two women who go into the business of cleaning up crime scenes. Somebody should be hired to clean up the mess of a script for "Sunshine Cleaning".

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 4, 2010
Rob Gonsalves

More sobering than laugh-out-loud funny, Sunshine Cleaning gives full weight to the impact of death without rubbing our faces in the crime scenes.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

December 17, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The movie never quite knows how to tackle the material because it literally jumps all over the map...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 9, 2009
Nick Rogers

Megan Holley's script feels like it's been Sundance-workshopped to death. However, the cast - led by Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin - establishes a vibrantly odd family bond that sustains "Sunshine Cleaning" through its dimmer portions.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Sunshine Cleaning has that "Sundance" vibe, in that it feels overly developed and tested for a bittersweet 'indie" feel and for maximum quirkiness.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

August 28, 2009
Anders Wotzke

Driven by top-tier performances from Adams and Blunt, Sunshine Cleaning is a charming dramedy that lifts the dirt on life and death.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

Shows there's nothing indie dramedies can't turn into faux-regional quirk

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 25, 2009
Rob Humanick

Not entirely insubstantial, even as the bulk evaporates from the mind.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The sort of movie you root for, hoping it'll break through to be something special. It never quite does, but it still has the not-insignificant value of two fine actresses cast as sisters. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 20, 2009
Anne Wollenberg
Filmstar Magazine

While it may sound like Little Miss Sunshine's poor relative, or Sundance by-the-numbers, this is an enjoyable, poignant, moving and - yes - funny film in its own right.

Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2009

There's close to nothing about this film that isn't contrived, forced and reminiscent of movies that twist themselves into knots to achieve Harold and Maude-like quirky charm.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: C-

August 14, 2009
Cris Kennedy

Everything Amy Adams touches turns to gold, and even here where she is playing a character thoroughly down on her luck, she is luminous.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 10, 2009
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Jeffs makes a good fist of the direction and Blunt proves that she can do comedy, but it's Adams's comforting, charismatic central turn which really gives the film its lift.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2009
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

Ultimately, the film is too neat, and too cloyingly sweet to tackle anything resembling real life.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2009
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