Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Directed by Danny Boyle, it lacks even a single moment of charm or interest.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 114
  2. Negative: 14 out of 114
  1. Feb 9, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Could have been good, if halfway through the movie it would not turn from science fiction to horror/supernatural. Started really good, the scenery was beautiful, the actors were good. The problems started when the "Sun is god" plot was introduced. They board the derelict ship that was sent to the Sun years ago, but failed to accomplish it's mission. It turns out that captain of the other ship is still alive and became some kind of burned monster and servant to Sun. The "creature" start to kill of the ships crew one-by-one, because Sun does not want the crew to restart it's rotation. Yeah this is where thing get rather silly and illogical. The movie from that point is nothing more than a cat and mouse chase movie between the "burned Sun servant" and the crew of the second ship. I did not like that when the "Sun servant" I don't know how to call it) was shown the camera became shaky and blurred. It was rather distracting, like the director did not know how to approach this part of the movie. The ending end everything else from that point is rather predictable. Overall an average horror movie. Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2011
    I got what I expected from Sunshine; a profound SF masterpiece that doesn't contain all those unnecessary dialogue and stupid characters. Though Danny Boyle was foolish to put a zombie into the movie, nevertheless its one of the year's best films. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2013
    Good acting, good special effects, solid dialogue, good cinematography....... no character arc and bad story.

    Through the first and second
    acts I started to get the feeling that rather than a story, what I was watching was a string of technical mishaps which the characters need to get out of. I didn't get the feeling that there was any character in the movie who was changing in any way or learning anything but that I can live with.

    I can't live with a bad story.

    The third act is ridiculous with the addition of a character that makes no sense whatsoever and there was no setup for.

    If you are a big Sci Fi fan, who can live with flaws as long as you get some decent special effects and passable story, you'll probably be fine with this movie.

    If you are someone who is more particular about story without regard for genre you are going to be iffy on this one, trust me.

    Overall not bad but it ain't Boyle's best, that's for sure.
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