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Little Miss Sunshine Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 10, 2006
Sunny or dark, comedy should never be as predictable as Little Miss Sunshine.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Sundance-calibrated sitcom
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.
Cole Smithey
April 21, 2009
...mediocre black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 31, 2006
The destination is a pageant that will demonstrate, in grotesque, stomach-churning detail, that beauty is skin-deep and that you don't have to win to be a winner.
Tony Medley
July 30, 2006
The 25-minute setup is truly excruciating. However, once you make it through the first half hour the film is relatively entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 7, 2006
Maybe all you need to know about Little Miss Sunshine is that it was a big Sundance hit ... At Sundance, any movie that even hints of American dysfunctionalism usually works like a charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
August 19, 2006
It remains stuck in a limbo state that more and more indie films find themselves these days, because of its non-committal attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 3, 2007
All indie-movie families may start out unhappy in their own way, but by the time the final credits roll, everyone remains complacent, confident of their brood's superiority.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Dan Fienberg
July 28, 2006
A Sundance-tested slice of American Domestic Dysfunction proving, once again, that no matter what Tolstoy said, sometimes unhappy families are unhappy in very familiar ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 25, 2006
Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that travels mostly downhill.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 23, 2006
For every good moment in Little Miss Sunshine, which is shaping up to be this summer's breakout indie hit, there are two that are forced, contrived, or overly cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2006
Sorry, folks, but these are not organic characters; they're walking, talking catalogs of screenwriter index-card data.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
July 28, 2006
The kiddie beauty pageant replays all the lessons that have come before: Such competitions are superficial, and displays of love come in all shapes.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 4, 2006
Mildly diverting celebration of loserdom.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 18, 2006
A shrill and forced comedy that laughs at, not with, its characters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
September 23, 2006
Each spike of satire is fitted with a safety-cap of feelgood reassurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louis Proyect
October 3, 2006
Utterly repellent characters; totally implausible narrative. Overhyped project of the year.
Russell Baillie
New Zealand Herald
December 30, 2006
A comedy that manages a seemingly impossible combo: it's daring and feelgood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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