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Labor Day Reviews

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
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
March 20, 2014
Director Jason Reitman comes a-cropper with this unconvincing Southern melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2014
If you have even the tiniest cynical bone in your body, avoid. You'll find Labor Day more sugary than a cronut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 1, 2014
Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca.
February 1, 2014
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2014
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.
January 31, 2014
And you thought The Hobbit was a fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2014
Engagingly sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 31, 2014
A subtly acted and directed film about a woman's mid-life renaissance, with lots of sluggish emoting, poeticized sunlight and an air of droopy co-dependency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2014
Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman - top talents all - but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2014
Mush [that] comes with an unappetizing side order of condescension and contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2014
It's so terrible it's amazing.
January 31, 2014
Labor Day is the sort of movie where the characters are all extremely watchful: They shoot worried glances at each other but don't demonstrate much good sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2014
It's hard to tell what Reitman-who also wrote the script, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard-intended here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 31, 2014
It is a yarn. But it's so full of passion, poetry, and humor that it becomes, for the time, quite real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2014
While "Labor Day" isn't the stuff of blockbusters, or Oscar juggernauts, it is a simple, adult romance, made for grownups by grownups, about love and second chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2014
This hostage drama swiftly degenerates into a gauzy wish fulfillment about two outsiders finding each other in a love that must overcome boundaries, separation and time.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 30, 2014
Suddenly Labor Day is not a movie but a Harlequin book cover, and Frank is a felonious Fabio.
January 30, 2014
In compressing Maynard's deeply internal book into the necessarily visual film format, Reitman strips the story of nearly all of the book's barely repressed sexual heat, and hence most of its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 30, 2014
"Labor Day" seems designed for the crowd that devours Nicholas Sparks's romantic daydreams.
January 30, 2014
Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 30, 2014
It's difficult to believe a word of "Labor Day," but then again you don't have to in order to luxuriate in Winslet and Brolin's bubbling, steaming chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2014
The kind of movie that turns clarity into stultification; everything is perfectly clear and almost everything-pie-making excepted-is perfectly lifeless.
January 30, 2014
The movie's a very somber affair, but if you see it in a disrespectful frame of mind, it's the guilty-pleasure hoot of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 30, 2014
You know a movie is in trouble when you spend most of its running time wondering why on Earth the director wanted to make it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2014
The romance develops so suddenly (note the three-day weekend of the title) that we never quite believe it, and several murky flashbacks suggest a twist that never satisfactorily arrives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2014
"Labor Day" is a film of many faults. Yet even if we never fully believe in Adele and Frank, we end up caring about them, and that's some kind of achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2014
Even as a bodice-ripping fantasy it's pretty compelling: Winslet knows how to play hunger, Brolin is handsome and sincere, and writer-director Jason Reitman shows a none-too-common restraint in never showing the characters in bed.
January 30, 2014
This confounding film might be too roughly textured for mass consumption, but for audiences who aren't bound by expectations, the labor of chewing it over will be rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 30, 2014
Writer/director Jason Reitman continues his string of first-rate filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 30, 2014
We're left with some first-rate actors doing what they can to fill every sensually fraught glance with trace elements of human character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 30, 2014
The credits say "Labor Day" was written and directed by Jason Reitman from Joyce Maynard's novel. But that must be a mistake, because surely this is a Nicholas Sparks movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
January 30, 2014
It's a mostly colorless weepie, aiming for the mythic power of a Great American Novel, but achieving dramatic vagueness instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 30, 2014
Ever wonder what one of those Lifetime weepers would look like with a bigger budget and more talent?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
January 30, 2014
A wrenching, riveting and richly rewarding experience at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 30, 2014
It's hard not to feel that this movie could have been so much better than it turned out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 29, 2014
Reitman ... has made a film that is unapologetic in its aim to rip your heart from your chest. And "Labor Day" does just that. Resistance is futile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 28, 2014
The two leads do what they can with the sentimental material; it's almost a miracle that neither turns red with embarrassment (though this isn't going first on their clip reels).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 13, 2014
It looks swell, and Winslet adds another portrait of pained watchfulness to her gallery of suffering heroines, but the result feels like a richly implausible dream disguised as a soulful drama.
December 27, 2013
If you can get past the past, which I recommend, what is left is a lovely, intimate film about longing and love.
December 24, 2013
The plot of Labor Day would make a great Upworthy article. Let me suggest a title: "I Never Thought I'd Want My Mom to Love a Murderer Until I Met This Bloody Hunk."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 7, 2013
If Labor Day teaches us anything, it's that the line between a prestige-soaked year-end awards bait movie and a Lifetime original with a title like My Captor! My Lover! is blurry at best.
September 13, 2013
Wherever he seemed to be headed after Up in the Air and Young Adult, it's a shame to see him responsible for a movie so flavorless and that makes so little sense.
September 13, 2013
Suggests the experience of being pelted with a thousand supermarket paperbacks at once.
Full Review | Original Score: c-
September 13, 2013
I'm all for sincerity in filmmaking, but the quality that has defined Reitman's best movies - Up in the Air, Juno, and Thank You For Smoking - is audacity, and he really needs to get that back.
September 9, 2013
Reitman must be aware of the potential for innuendo, and the leap of faith such earnestness asks of its audience. He dares us to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2013
[A] small-scale gem.
September 3, 2013
A nuanced, superbly acted love story with a most unusual genesis.
August 30, 2013
To the extent that Adele's hunger for affection resonates with audiences, what emerges is a powerful -- if implausible -- romance.
August 30, 2013
Labor Day manages to avoid grand gestures to a large degree because of its cast. Both Winslet and Brolin initially come across as noticeably stilted, but with time their restraint speaks volumes about the sadness haunting both characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 30, 2013
As consistently assured a piece of filmmaking as any we've seen from Reitman.