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Oranges and Sunshine

HD   R Closed Captioning

Jim Loach

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About the Movie

ORANGES AND SUNSHINE tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson, two-time Academy Award nominee for Breaking the Waves and Hilary and Jackie), a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and been sent to children's homes on the other side of the world. Many were subjected to appalling abuse. They were promised oranges and sunshine; they got hard labor and life in institutions. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson's calm, sturdy performance. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 20, 2011

Rotten: Sometimes the facts can get in the way of the drama, and that's the central problem here. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Oct 20, 2011

Fresh: Oranges and Sunshine is thrillingly efficient filmmaking. – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice, Oct 18, 2011

Fresh: Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened. – Leba Hertz, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 27, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Oranges and Sunshine

It starts a little slowly, but this isn't meant to be an action film anyway. I thought it was a good story and well told. If you enjoy true stories that explore the human condition, you'll like this one.

Oranges and Sunshine

Great movie and very touching story. Very realistic were the characters and the scenes. Enjoyed it right to the end.


Couldn't finish it. Really, really poor. We should have know from the title how poor and trite it was going to be but the trailer tricked us!

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