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Sunshine Cleaning Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 2, 2009
Adams' natural effervescence and Blunt's tart world-weariness come through well, but the dot-connecting screenplay and inert direction eventually leave them stranded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2009
At times, the movie works, but those are the times it (and even we) forget what it's really about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2009
The performances are all amiable and sympathetic enough, but Sunshine Cleaning is nothing if not the Ghost of Sundance Past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 14, 2009
There's close to nothing about this film that isn't contrived, forced and reminiscent of movies that twist themselves into knots to achieve Harold and Maude-like quirky charm.
| Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
Shows there's nothing indie dramedies can't turn into faux-regional quirk
Beth Levin
New York Press
March 11, 2009
...tries too hard to mold itself into an indie formula.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 20, 2009
The actresses are excellent. The movie is a bloody mess.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 16, 2009
Ultimately I left the film kind of feeling indifferent towards the characters on screen.
Matthew Razak
March 27, 2009
If the whole thing wasn't so melodramatic every ten seconds the fun and quirkiness would have shown through far more easily.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
April 3, 2009
Desperately quirky, with desperately quirky characters. There are no characters in this film who aren't quirky. That's a problem.
| Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Silver
The Trend
March 18, 2009
Formulaic, "gritty" indie films don't get much more cloying or pointless... it's as generic as generic indie gets.
| Original Score: 1/5
Colin Newton
Courier Mail (Australia)
June 10, 2009
Although the film isn't brilliant, the script has its moments and includes some memorable dialogue: "How'd she die?" "It was a do-it-yourself kinda thing."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Gibron
March 27, 2009
Sunshine Cleaning is a slice of life carved so thinly it can barely stand up on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 26, 2009
...aspires to the mantle of Little Miss Sunshine as...the Little Movie That Could. Only it can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 31, 2009
[Amy Adams and Emily Blunt] suggest a whole vista of human emotion that the muddled script just kind of gestures towards in a vague way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 28, 2009
Sunshine Cleaning has that "Sundance" vibe, in that it feels overly developed and tested for a bittersweet 'indie" feel and for maximum quirkiness.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 9, 2009
The movie never quite knows how to tackle the material because it literally jumps all over the map...
Peter Sobczynski
March 19, 2009
It has been cast with such a wonderful group of actors that it is almost, but not quite, possible to forget just how silly, derivative and hackneyed everything else about it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Humanick
August 25, 2009
Not entirely insubstantial, even as the bulk evaporates from the mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
March 20, 2009
Sunshine Cleaning should have been a madcap comedy of the macabre, or a tangled yarn about the metaphorical biohazards of living life at the margins, but it shoots for the middle and ends up being just that: middling.
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