• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (Limited LA/NY 10/21)
  • R , 1 hr 45 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Oranges and Sunshine Synopsis
A social worker (Emily Watson) helps deportees reunite with their families.
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up.
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80

Time Out New York

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The movie belongs to Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, both playing what one newspaper dubs "the lost children of the Empire," men broken by...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One question is not addressed by the movie: Why were the children deported in the first place? Yes, we know the "reasons," but what were...
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60

Empire

By David Hughes
Moving if low-key, Jim Loach's debut feature is proof that compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking runs in the family.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Natasha Senjanovic
Sunshine is stretched thin for the big screen. The decidedly art-house film is better suited for television.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The movie lumbers, and Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro's affectless approach winds up tamping down the movie's good intentions.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
The film is so careful to avoid the luridness that would seem inevitably to accompany an excavation of child kidnapping, forced labor, and...
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38

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Oranges and Sunshine is like a Mike Leigh movie drained of all its bodily fluids.
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Wow!

By alora1214
This movie was much better than I had expected. I absolutely loved it. Instant fave!...

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Rated R | For Some strong language