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Sunshine on Leith Reviews

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Simon Foster

[Fletcher's] adaptation of the hit stage play is to Scottish audiences as Mamma Mia! is to The Me Generation and and Rock of Ages is to Gen X-ers - a bigscreen jukebox jam very loosely held together by a hoary plotline as old as cinema itself.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

April 6, 2014
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Despite the low-budget-defying gloss (Edinburgh really does look fabulous), the gritty honesty of the Reid brothers' songs remains intact and the superb cast give their stirring singalong anthems real emotional clout.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

February 1, 2014
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the best jukebox musical to come around in ages...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

October 14, 2013
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 6, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

As the drama builds up to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) you'll know exactly what's coming, but will be swept along regardless by what is surely one of the greatest pop songs ever written.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 5/5

October 4, 2013
Angela Britten
Sky Movies

It will be a cold heart that can't warm to this sunshine.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2013
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Fletcher's faux-rootsy, unoriginal crowd-pleaser keeps insisting that we see it as a ray of sunshine. It didn't work for me, but Mullan provides one hell of a silver lining.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

We'd say it was a Celtic Umbrellas of Cherbourg. But they didn't have headbutts or anything like as much fun in that film.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 4, 2013

A far cry from the likes of Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia!, and worth seeing for Mullan's Tom Waits-channelling alone.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2013
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Like The Proclaimers' best known song the picture starts slowly but builds to a joyous conclusion that will convince you to jump on the next train to Scotland and expect glorious sunshine.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]

This generous adaptation of Stephen Greenhorn's stage musical is a toe-tapping, warm-hearted delight.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It's a jukebox musical that strings together a winning romantic comedy with catchy tunes and heartfelt lyrics.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Ruth Carruthers
Little White Lies

Big smiles are guaranteed for Dexter Fletcher's charming musical monument to The Proclaimers.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Matthew Turner

Infectiously joyous feel-good musical that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear, thanks to some terrific songs, an exuberant cast and note-perfect, crowd-pleasing direction from Dexter Fletcher.

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

October 3, 2013
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Leaves you with cask-strength, capillary-reddening tingles of happiness that run to the very tip of your nose.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The singalong, turned into a musical for stage and now screen, is better than one feared or hoped.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

What makes it work are the performers, particularly Mullan and Horrocks, who give it their considerable all.

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

October 3, 2013
Emma Morgan
Total Film

Pitched perfectly between microbudget miracle Once and all-star Aegean romp Mamma Mia! What these songs lack in recognition they make up for in feelgood factor.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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A wet, sloppy dog-kiss of a film ... Heart-on-sleeve sweet.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

October 1, 2013
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Sunshine on Leith will send you out the cinema with high spirits and an old '80s classic burned back into your mind.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2013
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