Junebug (2005)

A dealer in outsider art threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina. Madeline is a go-getting art gallery owner from Chicago, recently married to George, a near-perfect Southern beau. When Madeline needs to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 3, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aided and abetted by a wonderful cast, director Phil Morrison transforms familiar material into an understated and resonant comedy.

Mark Bourne

...one of many reasons to love Junebug is how often it offers us spaces to fill in ourselves, the faith it shows in handing us small puzzles -- Eugene's hand-carved bird, for instance -- to chuckle over or think on afterward.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The adult tensions and the tone take us to a place remembered so vividly that even if we don't know this corner of the South, we've somehow lived there or at least passed through.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

You can call Junebug an unwanted, but much needed homecoming, mostly celebrated by the hearty welcome of George's sister-in-law Ashley Johnsten, played by Amy Adams.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

A quiet journey into the heartland, and the heart.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brimming with bright dialogue, complex characters and moments of sheer aching sweetness, it's Chekhov with a side of red-eye gravy.

Jason Best
Movie Talk

Morrison and MacLachlan mine the clash of cultures for comedy, but there's an undertow of sadness to their film - and Adams's touching performance as George's naïve but well-meaning, heavily pregnant sister-in-law captures this perfectly

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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic

Thanks to Adams' performance and strong story, it makes for a mildly entertaining Southern-fried experience.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

This brilliantly detailed, richly painted portrait lingers long in the memory.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

At every moment when "Junebug" could choose dramatic cliché, even with Ashley's pregnancy, it's beautifully subtle. A poetic, graceful tale about the comforts and oddities of returning home to family.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
There are many lovely things about this indie darling from screenwriter Angus MacLachlan and director Phil Morrison, and many little things that make it the… More
Chris Weber
If The Station Agent is a good example of how to make a good indie movie out of typical indie movie subject matter, then this is an example of trying way too… More
Jim Hunter
An urbanite couple returns to the South to visit one's family and pursue an artist. There are aspects of the South that this film captures that I've… More
Mark Walker
Following on from this, screenwriter Angus MacLachlan wrote the Robert DeNiro/Edward Norton film "Stone". Unfortunately, it wasn't in the same… More
Kevin M. Williams
Fish out of water tale has college edujumakated art gallery manager goin ta meet up wit hubby's "at least we ain't got no fancy airs")… More
Randy Tippy
I know it's set in North Carolina but this could just as easily be Oklahoma (with a few minor adjustments in dialect). I see so much of my own family in… More

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