Juno Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman make Juno the marvelously un-still center of a wistfully acerbic comedy that qualifies as a feminized version of Knocked Up.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2008
Fierce without being cruel, sweet without becoming saccharine, and never short of hilarious, it's not only the best comedy of the year, but one of the best films, period.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 21, 2007
Juno comes on all wisecracking and aren't-we-clever, but don't be surprised if you find yourself getting choked up -- with happy tears -- by the end.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 21, 2007
Juno is the best movie of the year. It's the best screenplay of the year, and it features the best actress of the year working with the best acting ensemble of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2007
By its end, Juno, in its guilelessly chatty way, touches the heart -- and yes, I had tears in my eyes. This movie works, on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 14, 2007
The best thing about this movie is that for all its wiseacre badinage, it's utterly believable about the most basic of human situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
December 14, 2007
Juno isn't a film made in the bell jar of unlikely reality that is, far too often, Hollywood: It's a film whose attention to real-life detail is so fine, audiences will be hopelessly and happily lost in its story from the first frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 14, 2007
Juno is unerring, compassionate and funny as heck.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 14, 2007
That smart, hip, human comedy you've been waiting for all year? The one with dialogue like a sugar rush and performances like grace notes? It's called Juno and it just arrived in theaters. Go forth and multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2007
It takes Juno about 15 minutes to calm down and get its joke reflex in check. ... And by the end you've fallen in love with the thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 14, 2007
The film's forced quirkiness constantly threatens to derail the entire enterprise. But it keeps being put back on track by the apparently effortless performance of a great young actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 13, 2007
Juno invites you into a world you won't want to leave.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 13, 2007
Juno, the second feature directed by Jason Reitman, is far from great but it has qualities of feeling that lift it far above the ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2007
What kind of movie is Juno? The rarity that plucks your heartstrings while tickling them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 13, 2007
It transcends its own genre. Only superficially a teen comedy, the movie redounds with postmodern -- but emotionally genuine -- gravitas.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 13, 2007
Once [Page] - and her character - move beyond the too-cool-for-school act, Juno becomes something special, and memorable.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2007
The movie is distinctive for its complicated emotions.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 10, 2007
Juno is a coming-of-age movie made with idiosyncratic charm and not a single false note.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 7, 2007
Juno is not a great movie; it does not have aspirations in that direction. But it is, in its little way, a truthful, engaging and welcome entertainment.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 7, 2007
A fresh, quirky, unusually intelligent comedy about a 16-year-old girl who wins our hearts in the first scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 6, 2007
Strikingly written by newcomer Diablo Cody, Juno will get a lot of attention for its colorful dialogue, which is at times too ostentatious for its own good, but the film's sincerity is what ultimately carries it across.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 6, 2007
With a charismatic lead performance from Page and a plaintive score of indie-rock songs, Juno seems poised to be the season's youth-culture hit.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 6, 2007
A movie already reputed to be hipper than tomorrow night, Jason Reitman's follow-up to Thank You for Smoking is actually sweet, romantic and irony-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 6, 2007
Tart of tongue and sweet of disposition, Juno offers living proof that crisp writing, graceful directing and an abundantly poised young lead can perk up a premise that's been bludgeoned to death.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 5, 2007
It is certainly the feel-good movie of the season, and credit for that goes to the gifted [director] Reitman, novice screenwriter Diablo Cody and the film's sensational lead actress, Ellen Page.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2007
Juno is hilarious and sweet-tempered, perceptive and surprisingly grounded. It's also a gust of fresh air, perspective-wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 5, 2007
Juno, directed by Jason Reitman, is smart, witty, and engaging -- three ingredients that, when applied to any film, comprise a recipe for success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 5, 2007
The engaging story, coupled with the character's likable quirkiness, makes for a film bristling with vitality and heart, without resorting to glibness or sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 5, 2007
Hollywood's Woman of the Year is a pregnant 16-year-old, the incredibly hip, smart-mouthed and totally endearing heroine of the wise and witty Juno.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 5, 2007
Juno respects the idiosyncrasies of its characters rather than exaggerating them or holding them up for ridicule.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 5, 2007
Juno represents an almost magical configuration of very talented people with very much the same brand of whipsaw humor.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
December 4, 2007
By the end, it's unexpectedly moving without ever once trolling for crocodile tears. It's a sneak attack.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 3, 2007
Juno is the kind of movie all indie comedies wish they could be: light and lovable, perhaps a bit too pleased with the cleverness of its dialogue, but a small charmer nonetheless.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 3, 2007
Prepare yourself for the Juno generation.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2007
There is such a powerfully endearing spirit to Juno that I embraced this film from the opening credits, right to the end.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 28, 2007
A blithe charmer balanced somewhere between a life-should-be-so-neat fairy tale and a life's-a-real-bitch tragicomedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 28, 2007
The snappy, new wave dialogue and a sprightly cast that considers suburban insanity as normal as an addiction to nasal spray and one-calorie breath mints turns Juno into an incendiary comic spree.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 28, 2007
Juno is more than a few smiles - it makes you laugh deeply. It's one from the bruised heart.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 11, 2007
This is an indie crowd pleaser that's much more enjoyable -- in other words, not nearly as horrifying -- as Little Miss Sunshine.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2007
Actually, all performances are sharp, which shows what can happen when actors get to play characters and deliver lines that bristle with originality.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 5, 2007
Dialogue and pic overall are saved from cloying glibness by the fact that Juno is not only a smarty-pants, but also genuinely smart and self-possessed, even if her condition occasionally threatens her composure.