Labor Day (2014)



Critic Consensus: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin make for an undeniably compelling pair, but they can't quite rescue Labor Day from the pallid melodrama of its exceedingly ill-advised plot.

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"Labor Day" centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. --(C) Paramount
PG-13 (for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality)
Drama , Romance
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Josh Brolin
as Frank Chambers
Kate Winslet
as Adele Wheeler
Gattlin Griffith
as Henry Wheeler
Brooke Smith
as Evelyn
Clark Gregg
as Gerald
Tobey Maguire
as Adult Henry Wheeler/Narrator
James Van Der Beek
as Officer Treadwell
Tom Lipinski
as Frank Chambers (young)
J.K. Simmons
as Mr. Jervis
Alexie Gilmore
as Marjorie
Dylan Minnette
as Henry (16)
Maika Monroe
as Mandy Chambers
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Critic Reviews for Labor Day

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (48)

If you have even the tiniest cynical bone in your body, avoid. You'll find Labor Day more sugary than a cronut.

Full Review… | March 17, 2014
Time Out
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Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca.

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
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"Labor" isn't just a word in the title of Jason Reitman's new film, it's a description of what it feels like to sit through the movie.

Full Review… | February 1, 2014
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The story unfolds with an earnestness so implacable that on the rare occasions when a bit of humor sneaks into the proceedings it feels like an uninvited party guest.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
The Atlantic
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And you thought The Hobbit was a fantasy.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Us Weekly
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Engagingly sappy.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Labor Day

A unique drama/romance that should have amazed audiences, yet the script was lacking of dialogue and lacked any real direction. The actors had very little to work with and the flashbacks were confusingly chucked in! A ridiculas uninteresting, unamusing and uninspiring so called movie.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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I'm surprised at the bad reviews. I liked this movie. Set mostly in 1987, this was a winner for me straight away for the nostalgic feel. Very realistic to the time period, but not kitschy or bright as often happens in an 80's set movie made today. Quite dull colours (but nice) and looked like a realistic small town setting. Voiced over by a young teenage boy, Henry, who lives with his mother, Adele, who has had some trauma in her past, which is revealed slowly in flashbacks throughout the movie. Adele rarely leaves the house, but on the pairs once monthly visit to the supermarket for supplies, they meet Frank, who is an escaped murder. Frank makes some loosely implied threats to Henry to convince Adele to take him home so he can hide out. Slowly, Adele falls in love with him, which sounds creepy as hell, but actually it works. Hard one to describe, but beautifully shot and cast. Well worth a watch.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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There must be better books deserving to be turned into movie format.

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