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Sunshine Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Nothing anyone does makes much sense, but gad, is it ever gorgeous.
September 22, 2007
The picture would be nothing, an incomplete Venn diagram, without Murphy.
July 27, 2007
Cluttered storytelling undermines Sunshine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 27, 2007
On sci-fi's crowded table Boyle serves a fresh feast for our eyes, minds and hearts.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 27, 2007
Sunshine, if a fireball, is one that warns us yet again of the danger of flying too close to the sun.
July 27, 2007
For Mr. Boyle, a Swiss Army knife of a filmmaker, there's always something new.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 27, 2007
There's a near-tactile pleasure to the special effects in Sunshine that is uncommon in this era of CGI imagery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2007
Other movies may explore the depths of outer space. This movie explores the shallows.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
July 26, 2007
Sunshine comes with the promise of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as imagined by Danny Boyle. Even as Armageddon as imagined by Danny Boyle, it doesn't disappoint.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2007
Sunshine quickly fades from near-brilliance to dim potboiler.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2007
Not as good as you'd expect, but with Boyle expectations are almost unfairly high.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 26, 2007
Beam yourselves aboard Sunshine, set 50 years in the future. The voyage works, beautifully.
July 23, 2007
A sometimes dazzling, but ultimately disappointing futuristic mind-game.
July 23, 2007
The film is nonsense, and what counts is whether viewers will feel able to lay aside their logical complaints and bask in what remains: a trip in search of a tan.
July 20, 2007
As a pure cinematic experience, it's exhilaratingly, brutally beautiful.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
July 20, 2007
Sunshine -- despite a title so at odds with the film's tone -- is engrossing, believable and intelligent sci-fi filmmaking at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
July 20, 2007
Every frame wows with exquisite arrangements of light and color; each of the characters' choices is packed with a sense of consequence and urgency that makes us feel as if we're frittering away our lives by comparison.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
July 20, 2007
The experience of watching Sunshine is one of nearly relentless tension, a sticky-palmed dread that takes on literally cosmic proportions as the story progresses.
July 20, 2007
We don't know if we're watching a thriller or a sci-fi parable, a utopian dream or a deeply cynical nightmare. But in the end, it may not matter. The whole thing burns out well before the director reaches his final destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2007
Boyle's spiritual and metaphysical musings intertwine neatly with his pop sensibility, imbuing this with an art-house intelligence without diluting its summer blockbuster appeal.
July 20, 2007
...science-fiction fans will like it, and also brainiacs, and those who sometimes look at the sky and think, man, there's a lot going on up there, and we can't even define precisely what a soliton is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2007
If their [Boyle and Garland] movie doesn't float your boat as a work of science-fiction, action, philosophy, heliocentrism, or staggering visual spectacle (although, it really should), then it certainly succeeds as a parable for cinematic ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 20, 2007
As the ship moves closer to the Sun, and people and things begin to fall apart, Mr. Doyle and his screenwriter, Alex Garland, goose their science fiction with action- and horror-genre beats, increasingly turning up the chills and thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 19, 2007
Brightness has never seemed as menacing as it does in Sunshine, the nail-bitingly tense science-fiction thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 19, 2007
Danny Boyle gets some tension going, and, as the crew members are eliminated one by one, a cosmic despair sets in.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 19, 2007
Near-classic modern science fiction.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2007
...the most ravishingly atmospheric movie I've seen all year. This is not primarily a look-at-my-gizmos dog-and-pony show, though Boyle does amazing things with light to create a self-contained world trapped in space.
July 18, 2007
Sunshine has a more ethereal look than the average science fiction movie but, considering the subject matter, it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2007
While the unfathomable burning brightness of the sun bathes the whole picture in flashes of cinematic dazzle, Boyle and his team ground the story in details chosen for their sophisticated, underplayed authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 17, 2007
Funny thing is, Sunshine works despite feeling both over-familiar and over-ambitious.
July 17, 2007
The early intensity of Sunshine wanes in the third act. The film becomes a ferocious jumble, and rather than a supernova finish, it winks out amid stale New Age notions of the continuity of life and connectedness of all things.
July 16, 2007
The first hour and change is gangbusters, the last part unnerving enough to get by.
April 10, 2007
It's in the relationship between the crew and the sun that 'Sunshine' really shines.
April 4, 2007
An extraordinary film, operating simultaneously at visceral, psychological and spiritual levels as it takes us on a voyage into space with the fate of mankind at stake.
April 3, 2007
Like a collapsing star, Sunshine initially burns brightly but finally implodes into a dramatic black hole.