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The fortunes of a family of Hungarian Jews are followed over the course of nearly 150 years in this epic historical drama, with leading man Ralph Fiennes playing three different roles. The story begins in the late 18th century, as Aaron and Josefa Sonnenschein (the name means "Sunshine" in German) die in an explosion while making an herb tonic for sale in their village. Their son Emmanuel (David de Keyser), the only survivor of the tragedy, travels to Budapest, carrying the recipe for the medicine with him. He's able to parlay the formula into a successful business, and Emmanuel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Much like her character holds together her family, Harris's warm and robust performance holds together Sunshine."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller is enjoyable, well acted and packed with references throughout although it abandons its fascinating premise for a disappointingly conventional finale."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The key to the film's success is Ralph Fiennes, who does a dazzling job of portraying three of the sons of the house of Sonnenschein..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Szabo furthermore keeps a brisk, smart pace that prevents 170 minutes from ever feeling like a burden."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"... its messages were of the kind that hit you over the head with a loud thud."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sunshine has done the impossible by reinventing the concept of "high stakes," it's a marvelous treat...gripping and beautiful, twining the music of the spheres with the reptilian brain inside us all."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Sunshine is the definitive Jewish Experience movie. Beautifully told with heartbreaking eloquence, it is mandatory viewing if one intends to understand what it means to be a Jew living in the world."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"A grand, lumbering epic."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Something of a Forest Gump for the artsy crowd."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"... a visionary odyssey with a grace and awe and visual scope that calls to mind Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey for a new millennium..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Sunshine never gets more than an inch below the surface of the characters. Szabo keeps his stories smushed into compact little episodes, each designed to do little more than move everything forward."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Charts the ways in which many of the characters tarnish their souls through the decisions they make."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"'Sunshine' is a Cliff's Notes on the Lessons of Assimilation which even the pre-Bar Mitzvah set will find unconvincing."
‑ Arthur Lazere,
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