Sentimental low points and contrived idiosyncrasies aside, Little Miss Sunshine still boasts wonderful performances, a cheeky sense of humor and an original story.
An achingly deliberately madcap family adventure that skates by thinly on the collective charms of its ensemble cast.
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.
| Original Score: 86/100
I loved it, every bit of it.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This inspirational, hilariously sad dysfunctional-family-road-trip dramedy offers absolutely everything -- except pretension.
| Original Score: 5/5
A few touching and surprising moments aside, it all feels a little prefab, with family dysfunction as the indie version of a high concept.
| Original Score: 3/5
Writer Michael Arndt has cleverly captured the bribery and corruption which lie at the heart of most families.
| Original Score: 4/5
The chaotic dinner scene pops like syncopated jazz, setting the tone for a warm, funny film that has more smiles than belly laughs.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Accumulates depth and fleshes out its characters.
Charming, moving, warm and brilliantly hysterical, Little Miss Sunshine is easily the funniest thing I have seen in a theater in years.
| Original Score: 9/10
Ride along to dysfunction in quirky indie comedy.
A hilariously caustic package that makes its ultimate uplift genuinely feel-good instead of insufferably saccharine.
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.
A wonderful message movie, warts-an-all!
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
It doesn't exploit its characters for comedy or life lessons; it simply embraces the family members and lets them be themselves.
It works better than most movies with a quirky Sundance pedigree, because the filmmakers aren't quick to paint any of their characters as morally wrong.
Just a glorious movie.
Royal Tenenbaums meets Malcolm in the Middle. Oh, and let's not forget Weekend at Bernie's.
| Original Score: 68/100
A genuinely delightful comedy about a family of misfits on a roadtrip to a beauty pageant.