• Released
  • March 13, 2009
  • R , 1 hr 42 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 288 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: An ambitious mother and her sister become entrepreneurs in the field of crime scene clean-up.

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75

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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75

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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75

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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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dark humor intersperses with poignant moments. Though the conclusion feels forced, the movie works.
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75

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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70

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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70

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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70

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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67

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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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An intelligent, often touching, sometimes pedestrian drama.
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Rated R | For disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Adult dramedy has unusual mix of laughs, gore, heavy themes.
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