Labor Day Reviews

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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
Director Jason Reitman comes a-cropper with this unconvincing Southern melodrama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
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.
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.
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.
January 31, 2014
Engagingly sappy.
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.
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.
January 31, 2014
Mush [that] comes with an unappetizing side order of condescension and contempt.
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.
January 31, 2014
It's hard to tell what Reitman-who also wrote the script, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard-intended here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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