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Junebug Reviews

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Mark Bourne
Film.com
November 30, 2007
...one of many reasons to love Junebug is how often it offers us spaces to fill in ourselves, the faith it shows in handing us small puzzles -- Eugene's hand-carved bird, for instance -- to chuckle over or think on afterward.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 11, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 23, 2005
A quiet journey into the heartland, and the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
September 22, 2005
Thanks to Adams' performance and strong story, it makes for a mildly entertaining Southern-fried experience.
| Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2005
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2005
The adult tensions and the tone take us to a place remembered so vividly that even if we don't know this corner of the South, we've somehow lived there or at least passed through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 28, 2005
Brimming with bright dialogue, complex characters and moments of sheer aching sweetness, it's Chekhov with a side of red-eye gravy.
| Original Score: B+
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 26, 2005
This brilliantly detailed, richly painted portrait lingers long in the memory.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 26, 2005
With its wise understanding of the magnetic pull (and invisible polarities) of family, Junebug is an auspicious debut for Morrison.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 26, 2005
It's a quiet, funny, moving triumph, the kind of movie that gives 'interesting' a good name.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 26, 2005
This visit to the old homestead is worthwhile, if only to meet its unflappable, charismatic women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 26, 2005
As someone with Southern roots, I can tell you I personally know every character in this movie. I am especially knowledgeable of George, a man who knew he had to leave but knows part of him never can.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 26, 2005
Features an astounding performance from comparative unknown Amy Adams that is all the more satisfying in that it doesn't overwhelm the film.
| Original Score: B
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 25, 2005
With Junebug, it's what's inside that counts.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 19, 2005
Thanks to newfangled things like TV and the Internet, small-town folks aren't as uniformly insulated as director Phil Morrison and screenwriter Angus McLachlan would have us believe.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 19, 2005
The richly suggestive Junebug gives us plenty to mull as it takes us into an environment where secrets are harbored and character can stagnate like summer air that has all but given up waiting for a breeze.
| Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2005
Junebug gets under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 17, 2005
In the end, we not only believe in the men and women populating the film, but feel along with them. By offering that experience, Junebug has done its job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2005
Junebug immerses itself in a part of the American experience Hollywood doesn't touch anymore, and has sharp, perceptive talents behind camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 12, 2005
Junebug is a textbook case of filmmakers who can't make up their minds about their characters; it's a failure of nerve disguised as dramatic ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 11, 2005
Junebug has the feel of a good short story or novella.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
August 11, 2005
It's hugely entertaining, it's spectacularly acted, and it pricks you in all kinds of places.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2005
Adams is so pure-hearted and touching that she redeems the film, just as her character redeems, or tries to, the blighted lives around her.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 11, 2005
All the acting is so good, and the setting is so rightly observed, that Junebug emerges as one of the best pictures of the year.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2005
Junebug is a great film because it is a true film. It humbles other films that claim to be about family secrets and eccentricities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 8, 2005
Every scene in this film is perfectly executed.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
Morrison likes to cite the Japanese master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu as an influence, and you can feel his guiding hand throughout this remarkable debut feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2005
A deceptively simple, deeply resonant story about the inherent loneliness of family, the odds against assimilation and the enormous distances that can divide two people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 3, 2005
Morrison and his cast approach this familiar story with such understated intelligence, we don't even realize they've pulled the rug out from under the audience until we've tumbled to the floor, clichés scattered in pieces around us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 3, 2005
For all its specificity, we come away feeling as if we've walked in the shoes of all of these people at different points in our lives.
| Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 3, 2005
Phil Morrison does an impressive job with his big-screen directorial debut, although we can't figure out how he wants us to take Madeleine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 3, 2005
Junebug addresses familiar themes in an intriguingly understated way.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2005
You may find yourself caught entrancingly off guard by the conflicting shades of love, suspicion, tradition, and mystery that infuse this tale of lost innocence, deep roots, and what it means to come from the world of the South.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 3, 2005
Phil Morrison's wise, bittersweet, beautifully acted comedy about a Southern homecoming envelops us in texture of a world the movies rarely visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
Morrison mostly succeeds in his attempt to show how secret knowledge can result in sudden violence as well as long-term, lived-in acceptance.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 2, 2005
Helmer Morrison and scripter Angus MacLachlan merely hint at long-festering estrangement that provides an ominously percolating undercurrent throughout scenes in the modest but spacious family home.
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Hollywood Reporter
February 1, 2005
It's sometimes said that Southerners rejoice in their eccentrics and put them out on the porch for full display, rather than push them in the closet. Indeed, the filmmakers have given us a nicely filled porch.