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Oranges And Sunshine Reviews

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August 30, 2018
It takes one of the most obscene scandals in 20th-century British politics and all but kills it off with its self-righteous stance, plodding script, mournful violins and clunky construction.
March 31, 2011
A disappointing attempt to illuminate a dark time in Commonwealth history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2011
The result is a plodding, overly tasteful procedural that holds up its hero as an incorruptible embodiment of goodness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 31, 2011
There are powerful moments, but there are also plodding ones, and too often one is left feeling that this might have made a rather better documentary than a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2010
Jim Loach (son of Ken Loach) has his heart in the right place for his feature debut, but a plodding script and muted staging strangely strip away the emotional punch.
April 3, 2011
The film rightly draws attention to a horrible event in history. But unfortunately that's all it does - and a decent documentary could have done exactly the same, much more nimbly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2011
Sometimes the facts can get in the way of the drama, and that's the central problem here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 21, 2011
Well-meaning but blandly executed, smothering potentially powerful scenes with earnest do-gooder-film moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
March 30, 2011
Emily Watson gives the only believable performance in a film beset by clunky dialogue and torpid mise-en-scène.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 16, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 1, 2011
These stories of enforced separation could hardly be more upsetting, and Hugo Weaving, as one of the deportees damaged well into adulthood by his experience, gives a hugely affecting performance. Cinematically, though, the film doesn't really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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-
October 25, 2011
...a bit plodding overall, its heroine more perseverant than passionate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
November 3, 2011
The sincerity of feeling is unmistakable. So's the flat-footedness of the writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 1, 2011
While it's brimming with righteous anger, it rarely connects emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 20, 2011
It's all very stiff-upper-lip, when what the subject cries out for is a rant.
October 27, 2011
The result is a problem drama with more problem than drama.
April 4, 2011
Quiet moments of power ensue, but so too do the gently manipulative clichés - the plaintive piano score, the moments of false tension, the one-dimensional bureaucratic bad guys - that plague much issue-driven British cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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