A Shine of Rainbows
A Shine of Rainbows (2010)

A young boy struggles to find love and acceptance with his new family in this drama from director Vic Sarin. Tomas (John Bell) is an eight-year-old orphan living in a home for children without parents on an island off the Irish coastline.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Hey, what's not to like about cute orphans, baby seals, sweet moms and gruff dads with hearts of gold? And rainbows? If your heart is going thumpety-thump at such a prospect, here is the movie for you.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A fine family film about an orphan who finds a satisfying new life in the countryside of Ireland.

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Brian Orndorf

Far from the most convincing source of matinee entertainment, it's pleasing to find something not backed by an aggressive marketing campaign, focused on the plague of modern youth, or weighed down by bathroom humor.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A family film that risks drowning in its own syrup.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Gawd, this movie is so nauseatingly nice.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

A Shine of Rainbows is a sweet tale about a little boy and the mother who teaches him to appreciate every nook and cranny of everyday life.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The story is sweet and tender, and it's modestly self-contained. Sure, it deals with some heavy topics and subjects, but it doesn't beat the viewer over the head with it.

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Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today

A nice, wholesome movie with a positive story about learning to be loved and to love others. Unfortunately, it's also too dull and treacly for most tastes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Beautiful. Magical. Scenic. Heartwarming. Charming. Tearjerker. All my favorite qualities wrapped up in one nice little Irish film. I am a sucker for movies… More
Daisy Maduro
The first time I saw newcomer John Bell as Tomas in A Shine of Rainbows, i saw an orphan filled with desire to be loved. When I saw Aidan Quinn, playing the… More
Movee Critic
A magically heartwarming film about people adjusting to the trails and tribulations of life while finding strength, love, and happiness.