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Oranges And Sunshine Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
Oranges and Sunshine is a powerful exploration and its subjects should be proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
December 18, 2011
Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 4, 2011
'Sunshine' a burning indictment of child abuse.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 3, 2011
The sincerity of feeling is unmistakable. So's the flat-footedness of the writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Boston Phoenix
November 1, 2011
A chilling tale? Not when made into a maudlin, completely predictable, mainstream narrative movie by filmmaker Jim Loach.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 28, 2011
Earnest, heart-tugging, social problem drama.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 28, 2011
Yet another reality-based tale of a lone crusader who takes on past injustice, but a fairly good example of this overused genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2011
Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 27, 2011
The story is a stunner, and the format, propelled by Watson's deepening investigation, gives the movie energy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 27, 2011
The result is a problem drama with more problem than drama.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2011
Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
October 25, 2011
The script occasionally employs a clumsy voiceover, but later the same technique works wonderfully, pairing the most dramatic plot points with its most emotional monologues.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 25, 2011
...a bit plodding overall, its heroine more perseverant than passionate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brent Simon
October 23, 2011
A 'message movie' told in staid, blocky fashion, as if already edited down for a Hallmark-style TV presentation, and the lowest-common-denominator audience that medium occasionally implies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 21, 2011
How often have we seen well-intentioned movies become sanctimonious and lose their dramatic edge? No such accusations can be leveled at Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine, an impressive film that...
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 21, 2011
The most powerful sequences in the movie are the linked vignettes involving Margaret and the various grown-up children whom she attempts to help in their search for -- what, exactly? Closure? Catharsis?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 21, 2011
Once, very early on, the secret deportations have been exposed there aren't many new places for the film to go - just more scenes of an increasingly tired-looking Emily Watson trudging around with an armful of file folders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 21, 2011
It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2011
Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but uninspired effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
Well-meaning but blandly executed, smothering potentially powerful scenes with earnest do-gooder-film moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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