Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning

Kiwi director Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia) makes her American debut with this comedy drama. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Sunshine Cleaning centres on Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams), once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quaterback, now a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah (Emily Blunt), is still living at home with their dad Joe (the brilliant Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get-rich-quick schemes.

Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other grisly situations.

2009Rating: R16, contains violence, sex scenes and suicide92 minsUSA
ComedyCrimeDrama

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Reviews & comments

Feel Good Film

This film is just one of those hidden gems, that if you haven't heard about it, it's less likely that you'll seek it out to watch. But honestly? It's definitely worth it. More than anything, I like the way that the themes and messages aren't forced down your throat, but subtly placed around, waiting for us to figure things out. Emily Blunt and Amy Adams...

4.0

OK

Wanted to like this a lot, but only found it OK although girls like it a lot. The director forced some scenes through far too quickly, probably to shorten screen time, so a lot of it is more disjointed than it should have been. Bet a real good scene or two end up in the DVD deleted scenes.

3.0

Awful!!!

I wonder who wrote the script - the cleaners?

Worth the entry

The screen presence of the three leads, and the subtle and orderly direction, help pull the movie out of what may have otherwise been an ordinary picture.

3.0

Brilliant

A film which deserves a standing ovation. Played on all the emotions. A must see!!!

5.0

Good, not excellent

This was enjoyable, but leant a bit on shmaltz for my tastes. The acting is superb though, and the story is quite original.

3.0

Excellent

Deserves all of the plaudits it will receive from reviewers. This one will be on reviewers top 10 lists for the year (or at least should be). Adams is fantastic.

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

Director Christine Jeffs, who previously helmed "Rain" and "Sylvia," tries to strike a balance between the yarn's dark currents and offbeat comedy, but the result is often uneasy, with the humor receding as things progress.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Sunshine Cleaning gets an A for Amy Adams. Injecting some heartfelt, three-dimensional zest into the wispy, two-dimensional story, she spares this copycat indie’s blushes and scores a winning combo with Blunt.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

All in all, it's a mess, and much as Ms. Blunt pouts, Ms. Adams twinkles, and Mr. Arkin growls, there's nothing they can do to clean it up.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The material might have promise as a black comedy, but its attempt to put on a smiling face is unconvincing.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

With Arkin's cantankerous fatherly presence casting a shadow over proceedings, it's a cinematic crime to let Sunshine Cleaning languish in unsatisfactory-ending land, but that is precisely what happens.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are a winning combination, taking commercial cleaning to a whole new level.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A smartly done morality tale that couldn't be more in sync with these troubled times.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are two highly attractive, naturally funny actresses on the cusp of stardom so their pairing here as two lost souls is genius.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Could have been a little more darkly comic in places but the performances are superb.

3.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Kiwi director Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia) has crafted a film that is touching, original and, yes, funny.

Variety

Variety

press

Director Christine Jeffs, who previously helmed "Rain" and "Sylvia," tries to strike a balance between the yarn's dark currents and offbeat comedy, but the result is often uneasy, with the humor receding as things progress.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Sunshine Cleaning gets an A for Amy Adams. Injecting some heartfelt, three-dimensional zest into the wispy, two-dimensional story, she spares this copycat indie’s blushes and scores a winning combo with Blunt.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

All in all, it's a mess, and much as Ms. Blunt pouts, Ms. Adams twinkles, and Mr. Arkin growls, there's nothing they can do to clean it up.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The material might have promise as a black comedy, but its attempt to put on a smiling face is unconvincing.

Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

With Arkin's cantankerous fatherly presence casting a shadow over proceedings, it's a cinematic crime to let Sunshine Cleaning languish in unsatisfactory-ending land, but that is precisely what happens.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are a winning combination, taking commercial cleaning to a whole new level.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A smartly done morality tale that couldn't be more in sync with these troubled times.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are two highly attractive, naturally funny actresses on the cusp of stardom so their pairing here as two lost souls is genius.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Could have been a little more darkly comic in places but the performances are superb.

3.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Kiwi director Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia) has crafted a film that is touching, original and, yes, funny.

Feel Good Film

This film is just one of those hidden gems, that if you haven't heard about it, it's less likely that you'll seek it out to watch. But honestly? It's definitely worth it. More than anything, I like the way that the themes and messages aren't forced down your throat, but subtly placed around, waiting for us to figure things out. Emily Blunt and Amy Adams...

4.0

OK

Wanted to like this a lot, but only found it OK although girls like it a lot. The director forced some scenes through far too quickly, probably to shorten screen time, so a lot of it is more disjointed than it should have been. Bet a real good scene or two end up in the DVD deleted scenes.

3.0

Awful!!!

I wonder who wrote the script - the cleaners?

Worth the entry

The screen presence of the three leads, and the subtle and orderly direction, help pull the movie out of what may have otherwise been an ordinary picture.

3.0

Brilliant

A film which deserves a standing ovation. Played on all the emotions. A must see!!!

5.0

Good, not excellent

This was enjoyable, but leant a bit on shmaltz for my tastes. The acting is superb though, and the story is quite original.

3.0

Excellent

Deserves all of the plaudits it will receive from reviewers. This one will be on reviewers top 10 lists for the year (or at least should be). Adams is fantastic.

5.0