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August 19, 2012
terrific story of real events.
November 12, 2011
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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San Francisco Chronicle
Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys. Full Review
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. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Sometimes the facts can get in the way of the drama, and that's the central problem here. That sense of needing to be true to the record is reflected in an overwhelmed screenplay. Full Review
Moving if low-key, Jim Loach's debut feature is proof that compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking runs in the family. Full Review
Of course, it might take time for Jim Loach to catch up with his father's track record; Oranges & Sunshine is a good place to start. Full Review