Little Miss Sunshine
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Little Miss Sunshine
When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose"… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"All indie-movie families may start out unhappy in their own way, but by the time the final credits roll, everyone remains complacent, confident of their brood's superiority."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"... this isn't much more than a glorified sitcom, but it deftly dramatizes our conflicting desires for individuality and an audience to applaud it."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Sentimental low points and contrived idiosyncrasies aside, Little Miss Sunshine still boasts wonderful performances, a cheeky sense of humor and an original story."
‑ Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Harmless enough as passable road movies go, but I can't help but wish directors of films like these would grow some damn balls."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Like little kids spouting dirty words in certain comedies, this film from first-time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris undermines the subversive with the self-conscious. But it's still funny."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Sunny or dark, comedy should never be as predictable as Little Miss Sunshine."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"For a movie generated from the Amerindie algorithm of family dysfunction, road-trip catharsis and studied quirk, this dark-edged ensemble comedy often borders on the loveable."
‑ , Time Out
"An achingly deliberately madcap family adventure that skates by thinly on the collective charms of its ensemble cast."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Sundance-calibrated sitcom"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...mediocre black comedy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"... a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Hilarious, profane and as much fun as you are going to have in a theater this summer."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"While the screenplay is impressive and deserving of its recognition, it is Alan Arkin's performance-of-a-lifetime that separates this from other well-written small movies."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"I loved it, every bit of it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This inspirational, hilariously sad dysfunctional-family-road-trip dramedy offers absolutely everything -- except pretension."
‑ Brian Marder,
More reviews for Little Miss Sunshine on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This