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Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 15, 2012
Beresford directs without purpose or polish, and his mostly fine cast, which includes Kyle MacLachlan and Rosanna Arquette in bit parts, is wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 8, 2012
There's a great movie to be made about the survivors of Woodstock Nation and their children. But in order to make that movie, you first have to respect the ideals of that generation enough to at least give them their due.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2012
There is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 8, 2012
What's so funny about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding"? Not enough.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 8, 2012
If nothing else, you must applaud Peace, Love & Misunderstanding for its cheery insistence that a lifetime of resentment can float away as easily as a helium-filled balloon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 8, 2012
Nobody deserves this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 8, 2012
It's like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Catskills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 7, 2012
You could watch Bruce Beresford's wan comedy "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" with the sound off, and still follow the plot easily just by watching Catherine Keener's hair.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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June 7, 2012
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding mostly comes across as chintzy and uninspired as its title.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2012
Woodstock, and hippie grandmas everywhere, demand better.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 7, 2012
How you feel about "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" will depend on how you feel about aging hippies and the continuing relevance of all things Woodstock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 7, 2012
It's slight, but pleasurable fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2012
If "Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" strikes you as a thigh-slappingly witty title, there's a chance you will enjoy the entire film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 7, 2012
"Peace, Love & Misunderstanding" treats the Hudson Valley as a kind of Eden, and it is not the first film to do so, merely one of the duller. All is schematic in the extreme.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 7, 2012
This musty comedy makes its chosen location look like a place that exists only to heal refugees from the city, and provide answers for life's problems.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 6, 2012
Let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2012
Peace, Love and Misunderstanding often plays like a remake of Georgia Rule with the political polarities reversed.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 6, 2012
Squanders the abilities of these usually fearless, formidable actresses with material that's entirely predictable and a high sap factor that belongs in a made-for-cable production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
June 5, 2012
Only the mighty Fonda cuts through the claptrap; the rest is just a long, predictable trip.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 5, 2012
An incompetently structured film that pits hippies against squares with the usual wearying results.
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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.