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Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 12, 2012
About as surprising in its plot as a trip to McDonald's, but that doesn't keep it from being pretty satisfying on the cinematic comfort-food level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2012
The once divisive 'Hanoi Jane' is now a harmless hippie dispensing homegrown marijuana and homilies about love and 'transformation' in this cornball, clichéd and predictable yet agreeable and entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 14, 2012
Pop songs, beautiful bucolic scenery and the joy of watching Jane Fonda fizz in a fun role that looks like a no-brainer are elements that a skilled director like Australia's polished Bruce Beresford blends with perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
June 8, 2012
Fonda, Keener and Olsen compose a dream team of multigenerational talent, but they, and this film, are underserved by characters in need of development and an idea in need of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.4/10
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 8, 2012
Not every movie is, or has to be, an Event. Sometimes all I ask of a film is that it offer a pleasant diversion for an hour and a half. That's exactly what I got from 'Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding'.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
June 8, 2012
The upbeat multi-generational slice-of-life narrative bears the appropriate tagline-"Life is a journey. Family is a trip." It is worth the price of admission to see the gifted Fonda grace the screen playing this free-wheeling, eccentric force of nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 8, 2012
Certainly, there's a comedy to be made about multigenerational conflict. But "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" never quite finds its groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 8, 2012
A crowd-pleasing comedy that isn't going to win any awards for originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
It's not "On Golden Pond" by any stretch, but it is nice to have Fonda back in the fractious family way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 7, 2012
Every plot turn is groaningly predictable. But at least the lead performances set off sparks.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 7, 2012
Was there no one to suggest that the script, by Joseph Muszynski and Christina Mengert, had certain deficits? All the same, the spectacle of first-rate actors attacking third-rate material is guilty fun.
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
June 7, 2012
It's Fonda's show, riffing on her Hanoi Jane past and aided by first-time screenwriters Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's ear for how both smart people and New-Agers talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 2012
It's slight, but pleasurable fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2012
It's a great (if middle-of-the-road) family comedy to seek out.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 7, 2012
"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" is an undemanding formula picture that's a lot of superficial fun and not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 4, 2012
Story of a mother-daughter reunion and its transformative impact on both women; another triumph from veteran Australian director Bruce Beresford.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
June 3, 2012
Jane Fonda as a hippie grandmother is the reason to see this comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2011
The saving grace to the utter predictability in Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's screenplay is reasonably personable characters and spirited acting by director Bruce Beresford's cast.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 15, 2011
With a weaker cast, this predictable feel-good item might've gone the Lifetime route, but there's no denying its B.O. potential with a force-of-nature central perf by Jane Fonda.
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
Somewhere Alison Bechdel is screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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