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: April 29, 2014
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34%
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54%



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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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

It's unlike anything we've seen in memory - and all the more absorbing as a result.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Engagingly sappy.

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Noah Gittell
Movie Mezzanine

It dares to diverge from the current culture of cinema by opting for a small scale, an open heart, and a sincere interest in the lives of small-town Americans.

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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 Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

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Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive

It's a shame, particularly, that the talent of Winslet is wasted here. Her presence should have been the transformative factor, but she can't patch the holes in the story.

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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