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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

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  1. Feb 8, 2012
    9
    Here is a lovely, realistic and sensitive film shot with a Co: Donegal backdrop telling a common story of the time. Beautifully filmed in what could be called as Glorious Technicolor, it shows family life on Corry Island in a year gone by and reveals all the trial and tribulations of a couple unable to conceive a child of their own who adopt an orphan. The father (Aidan Quinn) does notHere is a lovely, realistic and sensitive film shot with a Co: Donegal backdrop telling a common story of the time. Beautifully filmed in what could be called as Glorious Technicolor, it shows family life on Corry Island in a year gone by and reveals all the trial and tribulations of a couple unable to conceive a child of their own who adopt an orphan. The father (Aidan Quinn) does not take to the so-called runt of the litter but his adopted mother tries to bring him round.
    Great performances from Aidan Quinn, Connie Nielsen(the face of an angel), young John Bell and Jack Gleeson who plays the spoilt King Joffrey Baratheon from HBO's excellent 'Game of Thrones'. All in all, a great family movie with a moving story sure to tug at anyone's heart-strings..well worth a watch, if only to see the beautiful and ragged Donegal coastline.
    Co-incidently, some scenes were filmed at Portrush(Co:Derry), Five Finger Strand, Malin Head, St. Conal's Hospital, Letterkenny and the old schoolhouse in Cooley, Moville.
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52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sincere performances and the beautiful gold-and-grey Donegal landscape can only go so far in A Shine of Rainbows, a family film that risks drowning in its own syrup.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    60
    Irresistibly good-natured even when it's cheesy.
  3. 63
    A sweet, good-looking film about nice people in a beautiful place, and young John Bell is an appealing performer in the tradition of the Culkins. Quinn and Nielsen are pros who take their roles seriously, and Vic Sarin's direction gets the job done.