Sunshine (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 9, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eddie Cockrell

Well-intentioned but never entirely engaging ...

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Michael Dequina

Much like her character holds together her family, Harris's warm and robust performance holds together Sunshine.

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Matthew Turner

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's an absorbing, weighty picture, which worries at still important ideas about duty and inheritance, and at how we may define ourselves against the tide of history.

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Karina Montgomery

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.

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Jordan Hiller

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a movie of substance and thrilling historical sweep, and its three hours allow Szabo to show the family's destiny forming and shifting under pressure.

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Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... 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...

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It's not the type of film I can "recommend" but I don't regret seeing it, either. It's an enigma.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Johnson
Definately not to be mistaken for that 2007 Danny Boyle sci-fi flick; this is "Sunshine" in '99. Sorry for that lame rhyme, but I feel as though… More
Daisy Maduro
Sunshine was a wonderful movie that followed four generations of a Jewish Hungarian family through seventy troubled years of Hungarian history.I felt pleased… More