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  • Summary: Orange and Sunshine tells the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most controversial scandals in recent times; the organized deportation of innocent children from the United Kingdom to Australia, where they were thought to be lost in the system forever. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds, and with little regard for her own safety. Humphreys reunited thousands of families and brought worldwide attention to a corrupt system and an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. (Cohen Media Group) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Oct 18, 2011
    At the film's center is Emily Watson's pitch-perfect performance as Margaret Humphreys, the real-life social worker who in 1986 stumbled over the hidden practice.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 21, 2011
    The most powerful sequences in the movie are the linked vignettes involving Margaret and the various grown-up children whom she attempts to help in their search for – what, exactly? Closure? Catharsis?
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    Oct 18, 2011
    A deeply moving study of emotionally scarred adults who were illegally deported as children to Australia from Britain in the 1940s and '50s.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 20, 2011
    Rona Munro's screenplay for Oranges and Sunshine is unnecessarily flighty. As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 21, 2011
    Making a true story of social injustice into a gripping narrative requires more imagination than is contained in this well-intentioned but uninspired effort.
  6. 50
    Sunshine is stretched thin for the big screen. The decidedly art-house film is better suited for television.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 17, 2011
    The film is so careful to avoid the luridness that would seem inevitably to accompany an excavation of child kidnapping, forced labor, and rape, that the result is a plodding, overly tasteful procedural that holds up its hero as an incorruptible embodiment of goodness.

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  1. Jun 29, 2012
    I would have given this a ten but there were times when some of the dialogue of those being interviewed was lost. It didn't matter that it was lost because you easily grasped what had taken place but if you want to draw the viewer into the film and involve them emotionally then you need to make sure that there are no missing pieces. Emily Watson was perfectly cast and as I watched I was reminded so much of Mike Nichol's Silkwood. Maybe because the heroine reminded me so much of the heroine in Silkwood. The acting is above average and last scenes of the men being interviewed by Humprey's is riveting and heart breaking. The other issue is that this was so underplayed. Not by the actors but by the director and the screenwriter. This was a missed opportunity. An incredible story of so many British children taken and used as slave labor, abused, molested, It's a sad revealation. Expand