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: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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...

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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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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A grand, lumbering epic.

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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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Charts the ways in which many of the characters tarnish their souls through the decisions they make.

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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