Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding Reviews

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
June 15, 2012

Beresford directs without purpose or polish, and his mostly fine cast, which includes Kyle MacLachlan and Rosanna Arquette in bit parts, is wasted.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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June 14, 2012

Pop songs, beautiful bucolic scenery and the joy of watching Jane Fonda fizz in a fun role that looks like a no-brainer are elements that a skilled director like Australia's polished Bruce Beresford blends with perfection.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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June 8, 2012

There's a great movie to be made about the survivors of Woodstock Nation and their children. But in order to make that movie, you first have to respect the ideals of that generation enough to at least give them their due.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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June 8, 2012

There is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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June 8, 2012

What's so funny about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding"? Not enough.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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June 8, 2012

If nothing else, you must applaud Peace, Love & Misunderstanding for its cheery insistence that a lifetime of resentment can float away as easily as a helium-filled balloon.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 8, 2012

Certainly, there's a comedy to be made about multigenerational conflict. But "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" never quite finds its groove.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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June 8, 2012

A crowd-pleasing comedy that isn't going to win any awards for originality.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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June 8, 2012

Nobody deserves this movie.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
June 8, 2012

It's like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Catskills.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

It's not "On Golden Pond" by any stretch, but it is nice to have Fonda back in the fractious family way.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

Every plot turn is groaningly predictable. But at least the lead performances set off sparks.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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June 7, 2012

You could watch Bruce Beresford's wan comedy "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" with the sound off, and still follow the plot easily just by watching Catherine Keener's hair.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

Was there no one to suggest that the script, by Joseph Muszynski and Christina Mengert, had certain deficits? All the same, the spectacle of first-rate actors attacking third-rate material is guilty fun.

Andrew Lapin
NPR
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June 7, 2012

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding mostly comes across as chintzy and uninspired as its title.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

Woodstock, and hippie grandmas everywhere, demand better.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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June 7, 2012

How you feel about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" will depend on how you feel about aging hippies and the continuing relevance of all things Woodstock.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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June 7, 2012

It's slight, but pleasurable fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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June 7, 2012

If "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" strikes you as a thigh-slappingly witty title, there's a chance you will enjoy the entire film.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" treats the Hudson Valley as a kind of Eden, and it is not the first film to do so, merely one of the duller. All is schematic in the extreme.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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June 7, 2012

This musty comedy makes its chosen location look like a place that exists only to heal refugees from the city, and provide answers for life's problems.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
June 7, 2012

"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" is an undemanding formula picture that's a lot of superficial fun and not much more.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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June 6, 2012

Let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
June 6, 2012

Peace, Love and Misunderstanding often plays like a remake of Georgia Rule with the political polarities reversed.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
June 6, 2012

Squanders the abilities of these usually fearless, formidable actresses with material that's entirely predictable and a high sap factor that belongs in a made-for-cable production.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Fear
Time Out New York
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June 5, 2012

Only the mighty Fonda cuts through the claptrap; the rest is just a long, predictable trip.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
Top Critic
June 5, 2012

An incompetently structured film that pits hippies against squares with the usual wearying results.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 15, 2011

The saving grace to the utter predictability in Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's screenplay is reasonably personable characters and spirited acting by director Bruce Beresford's cast.

Peter Debruge
Variety
Top Critic
September 15, 2011

With a weaker cast, this predictable feel-good item might've gone the Lifetime route, but there's no denying its B.O. potential with a force-of-nature central perf by Jane Fonda.