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Sunshine Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    The characters are so sketchily drawn that it's hard to keep them straight, let alone get worked up about their survival.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As the film ultimately deviates from its course, the entire undertaking suffers.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Science-fiction fans will like it, and also brainiacs, and those who sometimes look at the sky and think, man, there's a lot going on up there, and we can't even define precisely what a soliton is.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Sunshine is its own creature, taking inspiration from classic science fiction films but insisting on a gritty reality that much improves on past space adventures.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Another thinking-person's thriller from director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland, also co-pilots on "28 Days Later."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Sunshine is near-classic modern science fiction, hobbled only by a chaotic final reel and some casting missteps in the white-male department.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Grim, intellectual space adventure. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film isn't for kids; in addition to some brief, very violent scenes, it features extended discussions of intellectual and philosophical issues. Violence includes shots showing the effects of intense sunlight on human flesh (burned, bubbly, and scarred), a couple of vigorous fistfights between crewmembers, the very affecting death of a crewmember who is accidentally loosed in space (he freezes, face in close-up, and his face and then his shatter); a suicide victim appears so his slashed wrists are visible and blood is everywhere (crewmembers display upset); bodies in previous ship appear huddled together and burned to ash; final chase/fight is extended and violent; final explosions are fiery, loud, and devastating (also rather poetic). There are repeated uses of "f--k," with some other profanity.

  • Families can talk about the difficulties of traveling in space for long periods: How do these astronauts contend with their loneliness, competition, rising tensions, and difficult decisions? How does the film show the structure among the crewmembers, across race, age, and gender differences? What do you think about the possibility of the mission succeeding? They can also talk about science fiction in general and what makes a good sci-fi flick.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Crewmembers argue with each other and show selfishness, then support each other absolutely when faced with a larger threat.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Several startlingly bloody and harsh images. Two male astronauts fight with each other a couple of times (hard-hitting fists and grunts); discovery of dead bodies in another ship (they're mostly shadowy, and have burned to death); an astronaut floats loose in space, his death by freezing shown graphically and briefly (face shatters, then blood shatters); a crewmember has nightmares of falling into the sun; a crewmember slashes his wrists off-screen, with his bloody remains explicitly displayed; extended killing sequence by the figure the crew meets at the end includes bloody stabbing (bloody handprints and splashes all over walls and windows), freezing in liquid, fighting and running, falling; eventual bomb explosion into the sun comprises a lengthy scene, very bright light, lots of flames.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: Language indicating anger and fear: mostly "f--k" (at least 15 instances), plus fewer uses of "bitch," "s--t," and "hell."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue