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Sunshine Reviews

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Jason Zingale
September 22, 2007
Sunshine doesn't just crash and burn; it blisters like the solar-obsessed Searle until there's nothing left but a pile of dust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Pete Hammond
July 20, 2007
If you go in expecting another 'Aliens' you're likely to feel burned. This modestly produced tale is about cerebral and thoughtful as the science fiction action genre gets.Boyle's ambitious film bites off more than it can chew.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Don't pack a tube of SPF 50 to the theater; bring a can of Jolt or a double espresso.
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
The closer he gets to the sun, the more Boyle loses his nerve, reducing a tense, unpredictable thriller to a needlessly bloody, pseudo-spiritual mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
A barely noticeable eclipse next to the poetry of Woman in the Moon and Mission to Mars
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
A sometimes dazzling, but ultimately disappointing futuristic mind-game.
Nick Schager
July 20, 2007
A gorgeously crafted intergalactic saga sorely lacking in originality or profundity.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 20, 2007
So what starts out as fascinating sci-fi becomes just fi, and winds up pulp fi.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 20, 2007
The pressure to save mankind is enormous, and our attention grows as the tension mounts. Light is used in haunting and powerful ways throughout. But as the film ultimately deviates from its course, the entire undertaking suffers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2007
In essence, Boyle chooses not to embrace the sci-fi genre; he tries to rise above it as if it weren't worthy of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Film Threat
April 4, 2007
The narrative is, like all of Garland's work, a series of contrived plot points leading to an insane conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
July 3, 2007
Despite all that talent on display, Sunshine is a philosophical blank slate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
July 19, 2007
While its first two acts earn their advancement through the course of time, its final 25 minutes set it back to prehistoric times and I just can't throw it a bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 23, 2007
an odyssey of stupidity with one bad decision piling on another.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
The overall effect is the creation of something truly unbearable -- and the curious thing is that this unbearableness is apparent from the first portentous voice-over 30 seconds into the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2007
Not as good as you'd expect, but with Boyle expectations are almost unfairly high.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2007
At a certain point, like a dying star about to pop into eternal nothingness, the movie can't be seen as anything -- it just implodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2007
Who cares? The characters are so sketchily drawn that it's hard to keep them straight, let alone get worked up about their survival.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 28, 2007
After a mesmerizing first hour, the film implodes so quickly our sputtering sun can barely keep pace.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
July 18, 2007
What starts out as a fairly worthy attempt to make a 2001 or Solaris for the new millennium winds up being just another overblown genre film.
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