Oranges And Sunshine
Oranges And Sunshine (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grounded in a heartwrenching fact-based story, steered by Loach's sensitive direction, and led by a powerful performance from Watson, Oranges and Sunshine sidesteps its pacing problems and occasionally clichéd screenplay.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

The sincerity of feeling is unmistakable. So's the flat-footedness of the writing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

Oranges and Sunshine is a powerful exploration and its subjects should be proud.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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?

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Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

Jim Loach's feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The result is a problem drama with more problem than drama.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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James Verniere
Boston Herald

'Sunshine' a burning indictment of child abuse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Really good movie based on sad, but true, events. A rather painful movie to watch. Any time anyone is brutalized is awful, but when children are involved...… More
Mark Abell
A gut-wrenching tale, based on a true story, of the campaign by Margaret Humphreys, a British social worker, to understand how and why thousands of children… More
Daniel Mumby
There have been a number of young directors coming through recently who have gained attention not just through their talents but through the reputation of their… More
Walter M.
In "Oranges and Sunshine," Margaret Humphreys(Emily Watson) is a social worker in Nottingham, England in 1986 who is first seen in assisting in taking… More
'Oranges and Sunshine'. Emily Watson brilliant as an unduly guilt burdened, relentlessly driven woman, trying to write the wrongs of the 100,000+ kids… More
Panta Oz
I needed three days to write this review... Jim Loach's sombre, painful film hit me really hard, much harder than you'd expect from the soft-focus… More