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Based on 17 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The movie lumbers, and Loach and screenwriter Rona Munro's affectless approach winds up tamping down the movie's good intentions. show more

  • 50
    Natasha Senjanovic The Hollywood Reporter

    Sunshine is stretched thin for the big screen. The decidedly art-house film is better suited for television. show more

  • 88
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 the motives? show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but uninspired effort. show more

  • 38
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    Oranges and Sunshine is like a Mike Leigh movie drained of all its bodily fluids. show more

  • 38
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    The film is so careful to avoid the luridness that would seem inevitably to accompany an excavation of child kidnapping, forced labor, and rape, that the result is a plodding, overly tasteful procedural that holds up its hero as an incorruptible embodiment of goodness. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    The movie belongs to Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, both playing what one newspaper dubs "the lost children of the Empire," men broken by the appalling conditions that met them in their new homeland. show more

  • 60
    David Hughes Empire

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

  • April 29, 2014 ws00000000193917
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    I watched this movie and wondered why they didn't get into the kids that were sent by ship from England to Canada to work on farms. My mother, her brother and sister were some of these children. My Mom, 12, my uncle, 9 and my aunt, 5. My mother didn't ever talk about it. England didn't apologize

  • August 19, 2012 vince barco
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    terrific story of real events.

  • November 12, 2011 cl00000000104987
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    A portrayal of \"man\'s inhumanity to man\", and the brave social worker & husband who dedicate their lives to righting and exposing the wrongs. This social justice movie shows the terrible effects of Britain\'s \"elimination\" of 130,000 children to lives of cruelty & inhumane conditions from the 1950\'s to the early 1970\'s. Shocking & a must see!

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