Little Miss Sunshine (2006)



Critic Consensus: Little Miss Sunshine succeeds thanks to a strong ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, and Abigail Breslin, as well as a delightfully funny script.

Movie Info

When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational … More

Rating: R (for language, some sex and drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Arndt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2006
Box Office: $59.8M
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Critic Reviews for Little Miss Sunshine

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (52)

Sentimental low points and contrived idiosyncrasies aside, Little Miss Sunshine still boasts wonderful performances, a cheeky sense of humor and an original story.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

An achingly deliberately madcap family adventure that skates by thinly on the collective charms of its ensemble cast.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Shared Darkness

While the screenplay is impressive and deserving of its recognition, it is Alan Arkin's performance-of-a-lifetime that separates this from other well-written small movies.

Full Review… | October 1, 2009
Apollo Guide

Harmless enough as passable road movies go, but I can't help but wish directors of films like these would grow some damn balls.

Full Review… | September 19, 2009
Film and Felt

Sundance-calibrated sitcom

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

I loved it, every bit of it.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Little Miss Sunshine


A nice film about a dysfunctional family with a great script. Funny at times, but definitely original. Alan Arkin gives a great performance.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Wonderful, touching, original, and engaging in every way. I rarely watch a movie twice; I've seen this one three times, and enjoyed it each time.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A hugely enjoyable yet haunting film, which leaves you with a great feeling and an urge to better yourself somehow. The characters are perfectly formed and lovable and you go on the journey with them. You cheer and shout for Olive and hope she wins, but even when she doesn't, you know these people are better off for it.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

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