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Sunshine Cleaning Reviews

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Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Sunshine Cleaning a compelling and thoroughly adult picture, boasting an original plot and, in Adams and Blunt, two of the most talented young actresses working today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, two fine actresses, get the opportunity to glow in strong lead roles as complex, emotionally fractured females who work hard to earn your respect -- and reclaim their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
New directions in chick flicks: dried arterial blood sprays, maggots, and heart tugs.
Joshua Starnes
March 30, 2011
Sunshine Cleaning is a decent film, especially if you already like this sort of thing, with a lot of subtlety and a desire to represent actual human beings without demonizing or beatifying any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
Well worth a look for those who aren't too disillusioned with the post-Juno Indie film scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2010
Amy Adams sweeps through the wide-ranging role with zest, enthusiasm and just the right touch of simmering self-anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
December 17, 2009
More sobering than laugh-out-loud funny, Sunshine Cleaning gives full weight to the impact of death without rubbing our faces in the crime scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 30, 2009
Megan Holley's script feels like it's been Sundance-workshopped to death. However, the cast - led by Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin - establishes a vibrantly odd family bond that sustains "Sunshine Cleaning" through its dimmer portions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anders Wotzke
August 26, 2009
Driven by top-tier performances from Adams and Blunt, Sunshine Cleaning is a charming dramedy that lifts the dirt on life and death.
| Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 20, 2009
The sort of movie you root for, hoping it'll break through to be something special. It never quite does, but it still has the not-insignificant value of two fine actresses cast as sisters. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anne Wollenberg
Filmstar Magazine
August 17, 2009
While it may sound like Little Miss Sunshine's poor relative, or Sundance by-the-numbers, this is an enjoyable, poignant, moving and - yes - funny film in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cris Kennedy
August 10, 2009
Everything Amy Adams touches turns to gold, and even here where she is playing a character thoroughly down on her luck, she is luminous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 3, 2009
Jeffs makes a good fist of the direction and Blunt proves that she can do comedy, but it's Adams's comforting, charismatic central turn which really gives the film its lift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
July 3, 2009
Ultimately, the film is too neat, and too cloyingly sweet to tackle anything resembling real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lorien Haynes
Little White Lies
July 3, 2009
Far from being a tragic grind, Sunshine Cleaning is one long, wonderful irony. It feels like a first film - delicate, fresh and female.
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 3, 2009
Jeffs shows economy in her direction and steers through the potentially difficult script with skilful handling of tone and mood, wonderfully striking balance between laughs and tears. What a relief it is to unearth this quietly sparkling gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Mueller
Total Film
July 3, 2009
Sunshine Cleaning gets an A for Amy Adams. Injecting some heartfelt, three-dimensional zest into the wispy, two-dimensional story, she spares this copycat indie's blushes and scores a winning combo with Blunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
July 3, 2009
The film has poor commercial prospects, as its plot is too slender, its tone too blandly upbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 3, 2009
It's a film so achingly average it almost deserves an award for mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 3, 2009
The plot dithers and zigzags but only because human credibility, helped by excellent acting, has been allowed to prevail over Sundance-institutionalised designer whimsy.
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