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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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91

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 208
Fresh: 189 | Rotten: 19

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.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 52
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 6

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.

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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

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Michael Arndt

Dec 19, 2006

$59.8M

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All Critics (209) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (189) | Rotten (19) | DVD (34)

All indie-movie families may start out unhappy in their own way, but by the time the final credits roll, everyone remains complacent, confident of their brood's superiority.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Sunny or dark, comedy should never be as predictable as Little Miss Sunshine.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comments (4)
Orlando Sentinel
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... a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it.

November 10, 2006 | Comment (1)
Rolling Stone
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... this isn't much more than a glorified sitcom, but it deftly dramatizes our conflicting desires for individuality and an audience to applaud it.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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For a movie generated from the Amerindie algorithm of family dysfunction, road-trip catharsis and studied quirk, this dark-edged ensemble comedy often borders on the loveable.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Hilarious, profane and as much fun as you are going to have in a theater this summer.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Sentimental low points and contrived idiosyncrasies aside, Little Miss Sunshine still boasts wonderful performances, a cheeky sense of humor and an original story.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
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.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comments (6)
Film and Felt

Sundance-calibrated sitcom

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

I loved it, every bit of it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Like little kids spouting dirty words in certain comedies, this film from first-time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris undermines the subversive with the self-conscious. But it's still funny.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...mediocre black comedy.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (3)
ColeSmithey.com

This inspirational, hilariously sad dysfunctional-family-road-trip dramedy offers absolutely everything -- except pretension.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

A few touching and surprising moments aside, it all feels a little prefab, with family dysfunction as the indie version of a high concept.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Writer Michael Arndt has cleverly captured the bribery and corruption which lie at the heart of most families.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The chaotic dinner scene pops like syncopated jazz, setting the tone for a warm, funny film that has more smiles than belly laughs.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Accumulates depth and fleshes out its characters.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Charming, moving, warm and brilliantly hysterical, Little Miss Sunshine is easily the funniest thing I have seen in a theater in years.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com
BrandonFibbs.com

A cheap Sisyphean metaphor literally drives the thing: at first played for laughs, it's recycled to the point of nausea.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comments (9)
Cinematical

Ride along to dysfunction in quirky indie comedy.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A hilariously caustic package that makes its ultimate uplift genuinely feel-good instead of insufferably saccharine.

August 26, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

a family road movie brimming with spot-on performances, hilarious situations, and plenty of good feeling - and it treats its comic characters with a rare affection.

June 19, 2007 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
musicOMH.com

A wonderful message movie, warts-an-all!

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The film is part of an emerging trend that taps into the very real and urgent concerns of working people in increasingly pauperized Bush's America.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio | Comment (1)
WBAI Web Radio

Audience Reviews for Little Miss Sunshine

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.
April 28, 2013
itsjustme2004

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.
October 3, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

Little Miss Sunshine is the movie that's redefined the dysfunctonal family. Although marketed as a comedy it's more of a moving, inspiring and emotional drama than the next comedy flick. The directorial duo made this ensemble of messed up characters charming and lovable flawlessly and with the laughs, the character development flows smoothly. I watched it for the great chemistry of the ensemble and of course, Abigail Breslin's breakthrough performance and boy was it one to remember.
January 22, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

'Little Miss Sunshine' is a tender but fierce film that never sputters as it reveals its intentions and brilliance. This is clearly the world we live in, yet its clearly the one we don't want. Filled with awesome performances from every character within the pointed script, 'Little Miss Sunshine' delivers on all promises and is hard to forget.
November 22, 2011
Kase Vollebregt

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    1. Frank: So, if you sleep til you're eighteen...Think of the suffering you'd miss! High school's your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that! Unless you go into academia, but that's a different story.
    – Submitted by Andrea V (9 months ago)
    1. Sheryl: Dwayne, Uncle Frank's here?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (11 months ago)
    1. Grandpa: Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don't even try.
    – Submitted by David M (20 months ago)
    1. Pageant Official Jenkins: [outraged at Olive's talent act] What is your daughter doing?
    2. Richard: She's kickin' ass, that's what she's doing.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (24 months ago)
    1. Sheryl: What happened?
    2. Richard: I'll tell you when I regain consciousness.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (24 months ago)
    1. Dwayne: You know what? Fuck beauty contests. Life is one fucking beauty contest after another. You know, school, then college, then work, fuck that. And fuck the air force academy. If I wanna fly, I'll find a way to fly. You do what you love, and fuck the rest.
    – Submitted by Emma D (2 years ago)
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