Labor Day
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"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 mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. --(C) Paramount

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you have even the tiniest cynical bone in your body, avoid. You'll find Labor Day more sugary than a cronut."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"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."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"The initial Hitchcockian tension soon slackens into slop, with a dash of lukewarm eroticism."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"The story is ludicrous. The reveals are unintentionally hilarious and clumsily delivered. Even the production design is off."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"See [Winslet's] name on the opening credits and it's a good bet that what's to follow will be a classy, high-end production."
‑ Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Engagingly sappy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Teeters on the brink of self-parody."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The really baffling thing is that this clunker has been written, directed and produced by Jason Reitman, whose previous movies include Juno and Up in the Air. What was he thinking?"
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"There is as much to scoff at as there is to be scoffed in Labor Day, and yet I quite liked it."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
""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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman - top talents all - but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Labor Day is a humourless and heavy-handed melodrama built around an extremely unlikely romance."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
"With one of Kate Winslet's most layered, resonant performances, this film is definitely worth a look, even though the indulgent filmmaking style pushes it perilously close to Nicholas Sparks-style sappiness."
‑ Rich Cline,
"A tender, nostalgic and warm 'family' drama which also quietly seethes with the threat and tension of imminent danger. Labor Day shows a new side to Jason Reitman as a filmmaker, and we like it."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
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