Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose" philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl (Collette). Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son (Paul Dano) who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather (Alan Arkin) with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius (Carell) and Proust scholar still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant -- and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
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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Greg Kinnear
as Richard Hoover
Toni Collette
as Sheryl Hoover
Steve Carell
as Frank Hoover
Paul Dano
as Dwayne Hoover
Abigail Breslin
as Olive Hoover
Alan Arkin
as Grandpa Edwin Hoover
Bryan Cranston
as Stan Grossman
Beth Grant
as Pageant Official Jen...
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Pageant Assistant Pa...
Marc Turtletaub
as Doctor No. 1
Brenda Canela
as Waitress
Robert O'Connor
as Pageant Judge No. 1
Gordon Thomson
as Larry Sugarman
Matt Winston
as Pageant MC
Chuck Loring
as Convenience Store Pr...
John Walcutt
as Doctor No. 2
Dean Norris
as State Trooper McClea...
Lauren Shiohama
as Miss California
Jerry Giles
as Funeral Home Worker
Geoff Meed
as Biker Dad
Casandra Ashe
as Girl in Hallway
Melvin Rodriguez
as Officer Martinez
Mel Rodriguez
as Officer Martinez
Alexandria Alaman
as Pageant Contestant
Cassandra Ashe
as Pageant Contestant N...
Brittany Baird
as Pageant Contestant
Alissa Anderegg
as Pageant Contestant N...
Brenae Bandy
as Pageant Contestant
Maliah Hudson
as Pageant Contestant N...
Erik David
as Photographer
Lindsey Jordan
as Pageant Contestant
Annabelle Roberts
as Pageant Contestant
Nicole Stoehr
as Pageant Contestant
Cambria Baird
as Pageant Contestant
Kristen Holaas
as Pageant Contestant
Destry Jacobs
as Pageant Contestant
Shane Murphy
as Pageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-Love
as Pageant Contestant
Lauren Yee
as Pageant Contestant
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News & Interviews for Little Miss Sunshine

Critic Reviews for Little Miss Sunshine

All Critics (211) | 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
Cinema Crazed

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

Little Miss Sunshine Quotes

Sheryl Hoover: I'm so glad you're here!
Frank Hoover: That makes one of us.
– Submitted by Paige P (4 months ago)
Richard Hoover: Willing yourself to win. You've got to want it badder than anyone.
– Submitted by Mae M (10 months ago)
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 (2 years ago)
Sheryl: Dwayne, Uncle Frank's here?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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