Labor Day Reviews

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June 7, 2019
Labor Day is still a solid, emotive and absorbing drama, albeit one that is ultimately unremarkable.
March 6, 2019
This works is also down to Winslet and Brolin. They certainly share smoldering chemistry, which helps no end, but they also add depth and meaning to roles which in others' hands could have easily been flat.
February 5, 2019
The romance, while ridiculous, can probably scratch the itch of sappy people who don't know any better.
November 3, 2018
You can't focus on the story, the actors, the acting, the chemistry or the dialogue. It's like there's no safe place to rest your eyes.
October 21, 2018
Its sheer stupidity means it's as equally worth watching as his earlier, intentionally funnier ones.
August 22, 2018
Kate Winslet can't really do any wrong from an acting standpoint and this was no exception.
February 21, 2018
[Jason Reitman] has taken himself far too seriously, producing a film so ruminative and honeyed and dull that the final scenes start to resemble a terrifying and treacly recurring dream, in which no one seems to be able to leave town.
November 28, 2017
[The] message gets muddled against "Labor Day's" contemporary disregard for sexual restraint in relationships.
October 10, 2017
Too much sugar ruins the pie! Jason Reitman's shamelessly saccharine adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel could not have resisted such a bromide, as it was baked into the dough.
June 23, 2016
The three central performances are amazingly complex and introspective, each actor providing the perfect mix of either apprehension or confidence.
June 18, 2016
Too often, 'Labor Day' feels like a sternly resolved, self-consciously determined break from that tradition, a filmmaker deciding "I am making a Serious Drama" and steadfastly refusing to allow even a note of levity into the proceedings.
June 5, 2016
'Labor Day' is an example of why, when the world self-destructs, all that will be left is cockroaches, and romance novels. And Keith Richards. Okay, never mind that last one.
November 9, 2015
The fantasy it presents is easy to mock, but delicious all the same.
July 14, 2015
It sort of sits in a blank, defeated slump.
May 12, 2015
So histrionically abysmal that it makes you realize how lazy and complacent most other movies are in their banal mediocrity. The atrociousness is thrilling. As I left the theater, I felt alive again.
October 10, 2014
It's unlike anything we've seen in memory - and all the more absorbing as a result.
May 1, 2014
It dares to diverge from the current culture of cinema by opting for a small scale, an open heart, and a sincere interest in the lives of small-town Americans.
April 21, 2014
It's a shame, particularly, that the talent of Winslet is wasted here. Her presence should have been the transformative factor, but she can't patch the holes in the story.
March 23, 2014
The initial Hitchcockian tension soon slackens into slop, with a dash of lukewarm eroticism.
March 22, 2014
Teeters on the brink of self-parody.
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