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Labor Day (2014)

tomatometer

33

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 120

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.

30

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 32

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.

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"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.

PG-13,

Drama, Romance

Jason Reitman

Apr 29, 2014

$13.4M

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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (120)

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

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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"Labor" isn't just a word in the title of Jason Reitman's new film, it's a description of what it feels like to sit through the movie.

February 1, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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The story unfolds with an earnestness so implacable that on the rare occasions when a bit of humor sneaks into the proceedings it feels like an uninvited party guest.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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Engagingly sappy.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman - top talents all - but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
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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.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

It's a shame, particularly, that the talent of Winslet is wasted here. Her presence should have been the transformative factor, but she can't patch the holes in the story.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

The initial Hitchcockian tension soon slackens into slop, with a dash of lukewarm eroticism.

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Teeters on the brink of self-parody.

March 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Labor Day is a humourless and heavy-handed melodrama built around an extremely unlikely romance.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

The story is ludicrous. The reveals are unintentionally hilarious and clumsily delivered. Even the production design is off.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The really baffling thing is that this clunker has been written, directed and produced by Jason Reitman, whose previous movies include Juno and Up in the Air. What was he thinking?

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

With one of Kate Winslet's most layered, resonant performances, this film is definitely worth a look, even though the indulgent filmmaking style pushes it perilously close to Nicholas Sparks-style sappiness.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

See [Winslet's] name on the opening credits and it's a good bet that what's to follow will be a classy, high-end production.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

There is as much to scoff at as there is to be scoffed in Labor Day, and yet I quite liked it.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

A tender, nostalgic and warm 'family' drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Labor Day lacks this film-maker's usual sophisticated wit: it is bizarrely unconvincing, sugary and humourless, like a Walt Disney version of The Night of the Hunter.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

May become a candidate for camp mini-classic status.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Go with the flow and give in, like Adele herself, and you might be genuinely moved.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Director Jason Reitman comes a-cropper with this unconvincing Southern melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

An emotionally engaging and suspenseful blend of thriller, romance and coming-of-age story with a strong script and a trio of terrific performances from Winslet, Brolin and newcomer Gattlin Griffith.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Even if it's not what you expect from the director of Juno, there is much to enjoy in the richly-detailed performances. Labor Day is anything but hard work.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

You wish that Reitman had brought the material under control - or better yet, let its cheap manipulations and gushy eroticism run riot.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Despite getting a critical hammering in the States, it turns out that romantic drama Labor Day isn't all that bad.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for Labor Day

Review at themoviefreakblog.com
August 1, 2014
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

There must be better books deserving to be turned into movie format.
June 17, 2014
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

The premise of this movie sounds decent. A single mom(Kate Winsley) and her son are being held hostage, sort of, by an escaped convict(Josh Brolin). He hides out at their place and he and Winslet fall in love. It reminded me of a Clint Eastwood movie called "A Perfect World". Only that movie wasn't slow and boring, and it actually went somewhere. This doesn't. A lot of it doesn't make any sense, and it's very melodramatic. It took Emily and I 2 nights to finish it, and when it was over we both just shrugged our shoulders and went "meh". Winslet and Brolin are both good, but the material here just isn't very strong. You don't care what happens to them by the end of the movie. I'm sure there are a lot of women who like this movie, it is ultimately a chick flick. But guys, it's not worth the time for ya.
June 14, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Whereas the first half may feel a tad unconvincing and predictable, with just too many clichés, it soon becomes complex and genuinely touching (always accompanied by a beautiful score) - reaching an efficiently tense third act that makes up for all the sappiness that came before.
May 27, 2014
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (3 months ago)
    1. Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator: She was in love with love
    – Submitted by Charis E (3 months ago)
    1. Henry Wheeler: I don't think losing my father broke my mother's heart, but rather losing love itself.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator: There were two people who couldn't go out into the world so they made a world with each other.
    – Submitted by Facebook U (5 months ago)
    1. Officer Treadwell: Keep an eye out, all right!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
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