Oranges and Sunshine


Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  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: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 27, 2011
    It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up.
  3. 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?
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Oct 18, 2011
    The movie belongs to Hugo Weaving and David Wenham, both playing what one newspaper dubs "the lost children of the Empire," men broken by the appalling conditions that met them in their new homeland.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    Oct 27, 2011
    Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 26, 2011
    One question is not addressed by the movie: Why were the children deported in the first place? Yes, we know the "reasons," but what were the motives?
  8. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 24, 2011
    Of course, it might take time for Jim Loach to catch up with his father's track record; Oranges & Sunshine is a good place to start.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 itI 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. Full Review »