Labor Day Synopsis
An escaped convict (Josh Brolin) enters the lives of a lonely divorcee (Kate Winslet) and her son.
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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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90

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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88

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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88

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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83

indieWIRE

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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77

Film.com

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...
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70

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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70

Variety

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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50

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...
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.
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Ignore the critics...

By Le_Cinephile_Topaze
To give a full review I would need to issue a spoiler alert. But since I am a true cinephile, I would not even consider revealing one iota of the plot. Suffice it to say this richly textured...

Labor Day

By funny_guy
This was a surprisingly touching and suspenseful movie. The characters were well developed through various flashbacks. There was no major violence or offensive language, drugs or smoking, but just a...

Labor Day, A pleasant surprise

By mbstevens
The critics say, so-so, what do they know. Labor Day was a very good movie to take a date to. Josh Brolin was great as an escaped convict and Kate Winslet as a divorced mother who becomes a shut-in...

Finally! A good one

By captain218
I saw this movie with five other people and we all thought it was fantastic. A great story, terrific acting, real emotion, and no sex, drugs or language. A must see....

Beyond disappointing

By marion4424
Kate Winslet is my favorite actress and I really like Josh Brolin. But I hated this movie. I wanted to smack everyone in it. I'd tell you why, but I'd spoil the plot. If you still want to see it,...

Labor Day

By rgnran
My wife and I saw the movie on Friday and enjoyed it very much. Most people leaving the theatre were wiping their eyes. He was a nice guy who made a mistake and paid dearly for it. Great...

Deep and different thought provoking

By nngg
This movie is not like the heavily grossed fast paced cgi movies of today that encompass a fake situation that is over exaggerated and untrue to reality not that this story was completely believable...

Labor Day

By mspepe
Another wonderful performance by Kate Winslet. This was so much better than the action-packed "Prison escapee" movie I was expecting. For teens and adults alike, this was more of an in-depth...

Beautiful

By sasciegirl
Loved the movie & I loved Josh Brolin's character and those pies looked delicious :)...

The professional critics are being tooooo kind, just so-so?

By fijinz-all
I didn't read the book; I hope the plot, as in the movie, isn't the same as the author had it. Otherwise, this author is just another skimmer. The movie is more than less convincible. It just...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic material, brief violence and sexuality.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under Uneven melodrama with confusing messages about love.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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