Labor Day (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Labor Day (2014)



Critic Consensus: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin make for an undeniably compelling pair, but they can't quite rescue Labor Day from the pallid melodrama of its exceedingly ill-advised plot.

Movie Info

"Labor Day" centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. --(C) Paramountmore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Reitman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2014
Box Office: $13.4M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Josh Brolin
as Frank Chambers
Kate Winslet
as Adele Wheeler
Gattlin Griffith
as Henry Wheeler
Tobey Maguire
as Adult Henry Wheeler/...
James Van Der Beek
as Officer Treadwell
Tom Lipinski
as Frank Chambers (youn...
J.K. Simmons
as Mr. Jervis
Dylan Minnette
as Henry (16)
Maika Monroe
as Mandy Chambers
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News & Interviews for Labor Day

Critic Reviews for Labor Day

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (47)

If you have even the tiniest cynical bone in your body, avoid. You'll find Labor Day more sugary than a cronut.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The fantasy it presents is easy to mock, but delicious all the same.

Full Review… | November 9, 2015

It sort of sits in a blank, defeated slump.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

So histrionically abysmal that it makes you realize how lazy and complacent most other movies are in their banal mediocrity. The atrociousness is thrilling. As I left the theater, I felt alive again.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

It's unlike anything we've seen in memory - and all the more absorbing as a result.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

It dares to diverge from the current culture of cinema by opting for a small scale, an open heart, and a sincere interest in the lives of small-town Americans.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Audience Reviews for Labor Day

A unique drama/romance that should have amazed audiences, yet the script was lacking of dialogue and lacked any real direction. The actors had very little to work with and the flashbacks were confusingly chucked in!
A ridiculas uninteresting, unamusing and uninspiring so called movie.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

I'm surprised at the bad reviews. I liked this movie.
Set mostly in 1987, this was a winner for me straight away for the nostalgic feel. Very realistic to the time period, but not kitschy or bright as often happens in an 80's set movie made today. Quite dull colours (but nice) and looked like a realistic small town setting.
Voiced over by a young teenage boy, Henry, who lives with his mother, Adele, who has had some trauma in her past, which is revealed slowly in flashbacks throughout the movie. Adele rarely leaves the house, but on the pairs once monthly visit to the supermarket for supplies, they meet Frank, who is an escaped murder.
Frank makes some loosely implied threats to Henry to convince Adele to take him home so he can hide out.
Slowly, Adele falls in love with him, which sounds creepy as hell, but actually it works.
Hard one to describe, but beautifully shot and cast. Well worth a watch.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

There must be better books deserving to be turned into movie format.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Labor Day Quotes

Frank Chambers: I'm here to save you, Adele.
– Submitted by Alric D (16 months ago)
Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator: I don't think losing my father broke my mother's heart, but rather losing love itself.
– Submitted by Charis E (2 years ago)
Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator: She was in love with love
– Submitted by Charis E (2 years ago)
Henry Wheeler: I don't think losing my father broke my mother's heart, but rather losing love itself.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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