Sunshine Cleaning
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A thirtysomething single mother whose boundless potential was squandered through a series of failed relationships and a misguided effort to help her younger sister succeed in life finds the fruits of her labors finally coming together in director Christine Jeffs' dark family comedy. Back in high school, the future looked pretty bright for Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams); not only was she the cheerleading captain, but she was also dating the star quarterback. Flash forward a little over a decade, and Rose is working overtime in hopes of getting her son into a better school. Her sister, Norah… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeffs makes a good fist of the direction and Blunt proves that she can do comedy, but it's Adams's comforting, charismatic central turn which really gives the film its lift."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Adams and Blunt rise above the clunky premise and execution to once again demonstrate why they've become the go-to girls for any director seeking smart, versatile and warm-blooded talent."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Sunshine Cleaning a compelling and thoroughly adult picture, boasting an original plot and, in Adams and Blunt, two of the most talented young actresses working today."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Sunshine Cleaning is a decent film, especially if you already like this sort of thing, with a lot of subtlety and a desire to represent actual human beings without demonizing or beatifying any of them."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"This is a flick about two women who go into the business of cleaning up crime scenes. Somebody should be hired to clean up the mess of a script for "Sunshine Cleaning"."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Taken on its own terms, though, it's a solid indie effort with plenty of nice character strokes by screenwriter Megan Holley and razor-sharp performances by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Its overall ability to balance humor and drama, attention to emotional detail and a few winning performances outweighs its maudlin tendencies."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Amy Adams and Emily Blunt, two fine actresses, get the opportunity to glow in strong lead roles as complex, emotionally fractured females who work hard to earn your respect -- and reclaim their own."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Well worth a look for those who aren't too disillusioned with the post-Juno Indie film scene."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"More sobering than laugh-out-loud funny, Sunshine Cleaning gives full weight to the impact of death without rubbing our faces in the crime scenes."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Sunshine Cleaning is one of those dependent independent films -- dependent on the need to be "quirky" yet "heartfelt" too, and as much a slave to the formulaic as any Hollywood product."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The irrepressible Adams puts a sunny face on a life that hasn't worked out, but that's worth the struggle in spite of it all."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"New directions in chick flicks: dried arterial blood sprays, maggots, and heart tugs."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Amy Adams sweeps through the wide-ranging role with zest, enthusiasm and just the right touch of simmering self-anger."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"The movie never quite knows how to tackle the material because it literally jumps all over the map..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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