Labor Day
Labor Day (2014)

"Labor Day" centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 31, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin make for an undeniably compelling pair, but they can't quite rescue Labor Day from the pallid melodrama of its exceedingly ill-advised plot.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

If you have even the tiniest cynical bone in your body, avoid. You'll find Labor Day more sugary than a cronut.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The three central performances are amazingly complex and introspective, each actor providing the perfect mix of either apprehension or confidence.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca.

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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly

And you thought The Hobbit was a fantasy.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

Too often, 'Labor Day' feels like a sternly resolved, self-consciously determined break from that tradition, a filmmaker deciding "I am making a Serious Drama" and steadfastly refusing to allow even a note of levity into the proceedings.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

"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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Engagingly sappy.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

'Labor Day' is an example of why, when the world self-destructs, all that will be left is cockroaches, and romance novels. And Keith Richards. Okay, never mind that last one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
A unique drama/romance that should have amazed audiences, yet the script was lacking of dialogue and lacked any real direction. The actors had very little to… More
Everett Johnson
The premise of this movie sounds decent. A single mom(Kate Winsley) and her son are being held hostage, sort of, by an escaped convict(Josh Brolin). He hides… More
Nicki Marie
I'm surprised at the bad reviews. I liked this movie. Set mostly in 1987, this was a winner for me straight away for the nostalgic feel. Very realistic to… More
Carlos Magalhães
Whereas the first half may feel a tad unconvincing and predictable, with just too many clichés, it soon becomes complex and genuinely touching (always… More
familiar stranger
There must be better books deserving to be turned into movie format.
Nate Zoebl
Labor Day, based upon the novel by Joyce Maynard, is the kind of sappy material that you never would have expected director Jason Reitman to attach his name to.… More