Sunshine Cleaning
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a sometimes overly familiar plot, Sunshine Cleaning benefits from the lively performances of its two stars.

David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Jenni Miller
The Rumpus

SunShine Cleaning is a lovely little film that's more gallows than humor.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Its overall ability to balance humor and drama, attention to emotional detail and a few winning performances outweighs its maudlin tendencies.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Filled with touching moments and relatable agony in the midst of financial and personal meltdowns, Blunt and Adams effortlessly portray two characters on the verge of a breakthrough...

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Ali Gray

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
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three stars
Jens S.
The comparison between this tragic-comedy and "Little Miss Sunshine" is not entirely unjustified. Here we also have very lovable yet slightly… More
Daniel Perry
Another well-portrayed Amy Adams character lights up this bleak slice of life, and the story about taking pride in yourself and your work shines through. With… More
Melvin White
"I recommend the pecan pie." Sunshine Cleaning was a good light drama because of the great performances by Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. They are both… More
Alex roy
A very good film in the vein of such films as Little Miss Sunshine, Sunshine Cleaning is a charming and funny drama comedy film with a good cast. The film has a… More
Bob O'Reilly
Well acted, but without a sense for the morbidity of its conceit or the desperation that would cause a person to pursue such a vocation, the film devolves into… More