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Little Miss Sunshine Reviews

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Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 4, 2013
Sentimental low points and contrived idiosyncrasies aside, Little Miss Sunshine still boasts wonderful performances, a cheeky sense of humor and an original story.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
An achingly deliberately madcap family adventure that skates by thinly on the collective charms of its ensemble cast.
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
October 1, 2009
While the screenplay is impressive and deserving of its recognition, it is Alan Arkin's performance-of-a-lifetime that separates this from other well-written small movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 19, 2009
Harmless enough as passable road movies go, but I can't help but wish directors of films like these would grow some damn balls.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Sundance-calibrated sitcom
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I loved it, every bit of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Like little kids spouting dirty words in certain comedies, this film from first-time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris undermines the subversive with the self-conscious. But it's still funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
April 21, 2009
...mediocre black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
This inspirational, hilariously sad dysfunctional-family-road-trip dramedy offers absolutely everything -- except pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A few touching and surprising moments aside, it all feels a little prefab, with family dysfunction as the indie version of a high concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
Writer Michael Arndt has cleverly captured the bribery and corruption which lie at the heart of most families.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2008
The chaotic dinner scene pops like syncopated jazz, setting the tone for a warm, funny film that has more smiles than belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
March 11, 2008
Accumulates depth and fleshes out its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Charming, moving, warm and brilliantly hysterical, Little Miss Sunshine is easily the funniest thing I have seen in a theater in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
A cheap Sisyphean metaphor literally drives the thing: at first played for laughs, it's recycled to the point of nausea.
Betsy Bozdech
Common Sense Media
October 1, 2007
Ride along to dysfunction in quirky indie comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
August 26, 2007
A hilariously caustic package that makes its ultimate uplift genuinely feel-good instead of insufferably saccharine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
June 19, 2007
a family road movie brimming with spot-on performances, hilarious situations, and plenty of good feeling - and it treats its comic characters with a rare affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 25, 2007
A wonderful message movie, warts-an-all!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
April 22, 2007
The film is part of an emerging trend that taps into the very real and urgent concerns of working people in increasingly pauperized Bush's America.
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