Sunshine Cleaning Synopsis
An ambitious mother and her sister become entrepreneurs in the field of crime scene clean-up.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
That Sunshine Cleaning was made by women is best revealed in the filmmakers' willingness to let the story breathe on its own terms, without...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Kudos to Clifton Collins Jr., who appears as a dispenser of cleaning products and common sense.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The director, New Zealander Christine Jeffs ("Sylvia"), loosens the plotting as best she can, letting the interactions breathe. Her work,...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dark humor intersperses with poignant moments. Though the conclusion feels forced, the movie works.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This funny and touching movie depends on two can-do actresses to scrub past the biohazard of noxious clichés that threaten to intrude....
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are two highly attractive, naturally funny actresses on the cusp of stardom so their pairing here as two lost...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
You'll miss out on some really great stuff if you don't see this surprising movie.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Though this well-observed, wry drama is determined to be quirky, its most endearing quality, like that of its heroines, is a willingness to...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This peachcolored comedy about a wacky family who shove their sadness into a bulging closet is being marketed as ''from the producers of...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An intelligent, often touching, sometimes pedestrian drama.
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Finding Sunshine..

By Daydream
Sunshine Cleaning: a slogan that doesnt match the business, chosen with hopes of taking the bleakness out of decomp work and crime scene clean-up. Two sisters struggle to afford even the small things...

A nice movie

By Caradoggie
Sunshine Cleaning is a delightful movie with excellent acting by all. Alan Arken is terrific as usual and Amy Adams has a face you can get lost in. Watch her expression, you know exactly how she...

Psychiatric Suicide Warning

By foster city bill
I guess I was expecting another Little MIss Sunshine and this was the exact opposite. This was a terrible attempt at replicating what worked in LMS. Everyone should make sure they know that this...

Well worth seeing

By RandytheMovieFan
Interesting characters and engaging performances take you through an entertaining slice of life story. There are some easy comparisons to "Little Miss Sunshine", but I found Sunshine Cleaning less...

Quirky But Filled with Substance

By kimot2ltd
This is the kind of movie that leaves you richer for having experienced it. There are no "Hallmark endings" and a slice of life picture that resorts to that sort of heart tugging maudlin technique...

outstanding acting

By joncarleen
This movie, though a little off the wall. was very enjoyable. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt seemed to play very well off each other. Well worth the money....

A Sunshining Movie!!!

By candysxs4u
Excellent. Everyone was wonderful. Perfect timing and interactions between and among characters/actors. Alan Arkin ~ I have loved him since Wait Until Dark.. he is so 'natural'. Amy Adams seems to...

Good, but not great

By tigertams
Sunshine Cleaning was a fun, don't have to pay attention to every detail movie to take a significant other to go and see. Good compromise movie. She wanted a chick flick, I wanted a dude movie and...

Wonderful, heart-tugging movie

By kittyterror
Sunshine Cleaning is great. It's funny, but also has a dark side. It's easy to like the two sisters, who are the main characters in the movie. Their vulnerabilities are out there for everyone to...

A good film for exploring emotional ranges.

By rlukosh
I found the movie to be overall enjoyable; the characters were believable and the plot moved forward with reasonable step. Content included some unnecessary exploration of alternate lifestyles and...

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Rated R | For disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Adult dramedy has unusual mix of laughs, gore, heavy themes.
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