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Oranges And Sunshine Reviews

November 3, 2011
The sincerity of feeling is unmistakable. So's the flat-footedness of the writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
October 27, 2011
The result is a problem drama with more problem than drama.
October 27, 2011
Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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+
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
October 21, 2011
It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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 20, 2011
As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2011
It's all very stiff-upper-lip, when what the subject cries out for is a rant.
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
Top Critic
October 19, 2011
If larger truths have been overlooked, the subject is still wrenching enough to make Oranges and Sunshine an inspired work of dignity and purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2011
The movie belongs to Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, both playing what one newspaper dubs "the lost children of the Empire," men broken by the appalling conditions that met them in their new homeland.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2011
Oranges and Sunshine is thrillingly efficient filmmaking.
June 16, 2011
While director Jim Loach knows how to bring trying tales of deprivation and abuse to a piercing emotional pitch, more admirable is his uncanny ability to harness the power of understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2011
A powerful, deeply moving, understated account of a major social injustice that went unreported for many years...
April 1, 2011
It tells a startling story of how one persistent seeker after truth triumphed despite everything put in her way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 31, 2011
Jim Loach's sombre, painful film packs a hard punch; harder than you'd expect from the soft-focus poster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2011
This is a solid debut, but the hangover from Loach's TV past looks large on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 30, 2011
Loach has made a film uncluttered by an obvious director's stamp, peopled by sympathetic characters and driven by a desire to say something about the world without losing sight of human experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
October 11, 2010
A deeply moving study of emotionally scarred adults who were illegally deported as children to Australia from Britain in the 1940s and '50s.