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  • Summary: The story of three generations of scions during the tragic and turbulent history of Hungary in the 20th century. Fiennes plays all three leads.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. It's a brilliant, profound movie, but it's almost no fun at all.
  2. 80
    What makes Sunshine unique, what rewards a first viewing and lives in the mind long thereafter, is that Szabo has attempted to place Judaism and Christianity on a continuum that is both historically truthful and highly personal.
  3. The sunshine in Sunshine comes from women around him (Fiennes).
  4. It is a superb period re-creation and boasts a formidable international cast.... It is nevertheless absorbing and illuminating in regard to the eras its spans but is also pretty wearying by the time it starts winding down.
  5. The saga might have worked better as a novel, where we could cast the characters with our imaginations, and keep them straight.
  6. That this mess should come from the hand of Istvan Szabo, the brilliant Hungarian director of "Mephisto" and "Colonel Redl," is the real shocker.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

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