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Sunshine on Leith Reviews

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Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
June 6, 2014
It's pleasant. It will provoke a smile. Take your grandma
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 24, 2014
Fans of The Proclaimers will obviously eat this up while non-fans will appreciate the dramatic salt sprinkled over the musical sweetness that keeps this from becoming twee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
The Australian
May 23, 2014
There are sentimental elements, and not all the songs are top-drawer, but despite that the unlikely idea of having characters burst into song as they walk down the street or drink in a pub worked for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 23, 2014
While it won't match ABBA's slam dunk success with Mamma Mia!, this irrepressibly appealing jukebox musical... will still find a receptive audience 'round these here parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
May 21, 2014
The flash mob finale, with what looks like 500 dancing Edinburghers, is about the most fun I've had in a cinema this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
May 21, 2014
A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness all to the upbeat sound of The Proclaimers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age
May 19, 2014
Thankfully more pleasing than patronising, Sunshine on Leith works because it's not universal; while tidied up, it's still peculiar to a place and people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
May 19, 2014
There is nothing quite as alarming as sitting down to a film and only then discovering it's a musical, to say nothing of the confusion that comes with the realisation it's comprised entirely of Proclaimers songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 13, 2014
It starts out so fabulously in Afghanistan in this armoured vehicle and these boys just start spontaneously singing Sky Takes the Soul and I went, oh, this is so unexpected and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Foster
April 6, 2014
[Fletcher's] adaptation of the hit stage play is to Scottish audiences as Mamma Mia! is to The Me Generation and and Rock of Ages is to Gen X-ers - a bigscreen jukebox jam very loosely held together by a hoary plotline as old as cinema itself.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
February 1, 2014
Despite the low-budget-defying gloss (Edinburgh really does look fabulous), the gritty honesty of the Reid brothers' songs remains intact and the superb cast give their stirring singalong anthems real emotional clout.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 14, 2013
...the best jukebox musical to come around in ages...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
October 6, 2013
I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 4, 2013
As the drama builds up to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) you'll know exactly what's coming, but will be swept along regardless by what is surely one of the greatest pop songs ever written.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Angela Britten
Sky Movies
October 4, 2013
It will be a cold heart that can't warm to this sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
October 4, 2013
Fletcher's faux-rootsy, unoriginal crowd-pleaser keeps insisting that we see it as a ray of sunshine. It didn't work for me, but Mullan provides one hell of a silver lining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 4, 2013
We'd say it was a Celtic Umbrellas of Cherbourg. But they didn't have headbutts or anything like as much fun in that film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2013
A far cry from the likes of Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia!, and worth seeing for Mullan's Tom Waits-channelling alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
October 3, 2013
Like The Proclaimers' best known song the picture starts slowly but builds to a joyous conclusion that will convince you to jump on the next train to Scotland and expect glorious sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 3, 2013
This generous adaptation of Stephen Greenhorn's stage musical is a toe-tapping, warm-hearted delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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