New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It resonates with delicacy, passion and restraint, touching the heart in places where cynics fear to go.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Reitman keeps a strong grip on all the aspects of the story to prevent it from becoming corny, unduly melodramatic or obvious.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Labor Day is an admittedly strange hybrid. Rarely have I seen such outrageous plot points executed with such lovely grace.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It is a yarn. But it's so full of passion, poetry, and humor that it becomes, for the time, quite real.
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By Eric Kohn
There's a certain elegant simplicity to the movie's execution that maintains a spirit of familiarity but also keeps the material afloat.
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By William Goss
Jason Reitman’s adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day is as consistently assured a piece of filmmaking as any we’ve seen from the filmmaker and very much in keeping with the decreasingly glib nature of his output.
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Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
The film finds its footing as the weekend progresses and the temperature and tension — outside and in — rise.
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By Peter Debruge
To the extent that Adele’s hunger for affection resonates with audiences, what emerges is a powerful — if implausible — romance.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
With his latest film, the mawkish and melodramatic Labor Day, Reitman has done an unexpected about-face: He's ditched Wilder for Douglas Sirk. And the swap doesn't do him — or his fans — any favors.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
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52 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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