Labor Day Reviews

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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
March 21, 2014
Labor Day is a humourless and heavy-handed melodrama built around an extremely unlikely romance.
March 21, 2014
The story is ludicrous. The reveals are unintentionally hilarious and clumsily delivered. Even the production design is off.
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?
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.
March 20, 2014
May become a candidate for camp mini-classic status.
March 20, 2014
Director Jason Reitman comes a-cropper with this unconvincing Southern melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
March 20, 2014
You wish that Reitman had brought the material under control - or better yet, let its cheap manipulations and gushy eroticism run riot.
March 17, 2014
You might find Frank and his sexy baking a bit too much to swallow.
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