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Labor Day Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 23, 2016
The three central performances are amazingly complex and introspective, each actor providing the perfect mix of either apprehension or confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jason Bailey
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.
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mel Campbell
November 9, 2015
The fantasy it presents is easy to mock, but delicious all the same.
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
It sort of sits in a blank, defeated slump.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
It's unlike anything we've seen in memory - and all the more absorbing as a result.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Noah Gittell
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)
March 23, 2014
The initial Hitchcockian tension soon slackens into slop, with a dash of lukewarm eroticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 22, 2014
Teeters on the brink of self-parody.
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
March 21, 2014
Labor Day is a humourless and heavy-handed melodrama built around an extremely unlikely romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 21, 2014
The story is ludicrous. The reveals are unintentionally hilarious and clumsily delivered. Even the production design is off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
March 21, 2014
The really baffling thing is that this clunker has been written, directed and produced by Jason Reitman, whose previous movies include Juno and Up in the Air. What was he thinking?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
March 21, 2014
With one of Kate Winslet's most layered, resonant performances, this film is definitely worth a look, even though the indulgent filmmaking style pushes it perilously close to Nicholas Sparks-style sappiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror (UK)
March 21, 2014
See [Winslet's] name on the opening credits and it's a good bet that what's to follow will be a classy, high-end production.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
March 21, 2014
There is as much to scoff at as there is to be scoffed in Labor Day, and yet I quite liked it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
March 21, 2014
A tender, nostalgic and warm 'family' drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 20, 2014
Labor Day lacks this film-maker's usual sophisticated wit: it is bizarrely unconvincing, sugary and humourless, like a Walt Disney version of The Night of the Hunter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 20, 2014
May become a candidate for camp mini-classic status.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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