Oranges And Sunshine
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Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and sent to children's homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. These… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sincerity of feeling is unmistakable. So's the flat-footedness of the writing."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Oranges and Sunshine is a powerful exploration and its subjects should be proud."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Onya Magazine
"A chilling tale? Not when made into a maudlin, completely predictable, mainstream narrative movie by filmmaker Jim Loach."
‑ , Boston Phoenix
"The story is a stunner, and the format, propelled by Watson's deepening investigation, gives the movie energy."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened."
‑ Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle
"The most powerful sequences in the movie are the linked vignettes involving Margaret and the various grown-up children whom she attempts to help in their search for -- what, exactly? Closure? Catharsis?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald
"Earnest, heart-tugging, social problem drama."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The script occasionally employs a clumsy voiceover, but later the same technique works wonderfully, pairing the most dramatic plot points with its most emotional monologues."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"The result is a problem drama with more problem than drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Once, very early on, the secret deportations have been exposed there aren't many new places for the film to go - just more scenes of an increasingly tired-looking Emily Watson trudging around with an armful of file folders."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"'Sunshine' a burning indictment of child abuse."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Yet another reality-based tale of a lone crusader who takes on past injustice, but a fairly good example of this overused genre."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"...a bit plodding overall, its heroine more perseverant than passionate."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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