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Sunshine Reviews

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January 17, 2018
There's no denying the rare ambition of a film with intelligence and empathy to burn: You go in expecting a history lesson and emerge impressed by the shifting hues of humanity.
January 7, 2010
Much like her character holds together her family, Harris's warm and robust performance holds together Sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 16, 2007
Sunshine has done the impossible by reinventing the concept of "high stakes," it's a marvelous treat...gripping and beautiful, twining the music of the spheres with the reptilian brain inside us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 26, 2007
... a visionary odyssey with a grace and awe and visual scope that calls to mind Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey for a new millennium...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 5, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 4, 2007
Well-intentioned but never entirely engaging ...
December 31, 2006
Sunshine is the definitive Jewish Experience movie. Beautifully told with heartbreaking eloquence, it is mandatory viewing if one intends to understand what it means to be a Jew living in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2006
It's an absorbing, weighty picture, which worries at still important ideas about duty and inheritance, and at how we may define ourselves against the tide of history.
April 9, 2005
It's not the type of film I can "recommend" but I don't regret seeing it, either. It's an enigma.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 14, 2003
Sunshine never gets more than an inch below the surface of the characters. Szabo keeps his stories smushed into compact little episodes, each designed to do little more than move everything forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2002
The key to the film's success is Ralph Fiennes, who does a dazzling job of portraying three of the sons of the house of Sonnenschein...
March 24, 2002
There are beautiful pictures aplenty in Sunshine, some of them horrific, but in the end Szabó and co-screenwriter Israel Horovitz leave us with platitudes as syrupy as the family cure-all.
February 21, 2002
A grand, lumbering epic.
Full Review | Original Score: short
December 10, 2001
As a historical document the film is fascinating, examining the shifting political tides in Eastern Europe. But as a movie, it's oddly uninvolving ... and a bit forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2001
Charts the ways in which many of the characters tarnish their souls through the decisions they make.
February 14, 2001
This is story telling on a grand scale and not to be missed.
January 1, 2000
This is a movie of substance and thrilling historical sweep, and its three hours allow Szabo to show the family's destiny forming and shifting under pressure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Something of a Forest Gump for the artsy crowd.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
January 1, 2000
Szabo furthermore keeps a brisk, smart pace that prevents 170 minutes from ever feeling like a burden.
January 1, 2000
A bombastic three-hour saga that moves like a 1,000-page book left idle in front of a window fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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