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: 35% 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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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

[The] message gets muddled against "Labor Day's" contemporary disregard for sexual restraint in relationships.

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Dana Stevens

Jason Reitman forgot the tapioca.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Engagingly sappy.

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Jay Kuehner
Cinema Scope

Too much sugar ruins the pie! Jason Reitman's shamelessly saccharine adaptation of Joyce Maynard's novel could not have resisted such a bromide, as it was baked into the dough.

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James Berardinelli

"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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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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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