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Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Emma Morgan
    Oct 5, 2013
    80
    Pitched perfectly between microbudget miracle "Once" and all-star Aegean romp "Mamma Mia!" What these songs lack in recognition they make up for in feelgood factor.
  2. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    A remorselessly rousing attempt to do for the Scottish pub rock twins what Mamma Mia! did for Abba or Tommy for The Who.
  3. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    The story is a bit predictable and rough around the edges. But it’s heart-on-the-sleeve sweet.
  4. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    The slotting together of songs and plot is often done with a spark of inspiration.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    It may lack the subtleties and emotional wallop of a lo-fi musical like Once, but Sunshine On Leith delivers a bright, cheery, big-hearted smile of a movie.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Oct 1, 2013
    50
    Shamelessly contrived in the manner of most jukebox musicals, and more than a wee bit precious, the movie has little use for emotional shadings as it flogs its feel-good charms.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Oct 1, 2013
    50
    It’s a chirpy heart-on-sleeve confection that’s populist in a somewhat generic way.