Little Miss Sunshine Synopsis
A dysfunctional family takes a road trip to enter a daughter in a children's beauty pageant.
Read Full Synopsis

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings


San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Sly, near-perfect comedy.
Full Review

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
What makes husband-and-wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' hilarious debut such a great family film isn't that it's...
Full Review

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
While the film itself isn't perfect, who cares about perfection in the face of abundant life, authentic screwiness and lovely surprises by...
Full Review

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It looks at the all-American obsession with winning and chortles darkly. You still come out of the movie wanting to give your family a hug.
Full Review

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It has been a while since we've seen such a consistently funny and entertaining road movie.
Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore.
Full Review

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's "National Lampoon's Family Vacation" with soul.
Full Review

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A charmer, a comedy with drama -- or vice versa.
Full Review

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Family. Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em. Little Miss Sunshine, a stormy quasi-comedy destined to polarize audiences, is a perfect...
Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If you're going to get on the wavelength of Little Miss Sunshine, you've got to be able to enjoy a comedy in which the characters fit into...
Full Review


By xxkarmaxx
It was pretty funny. I enjoyed it. Laughed a lot....

Review title (optional)

By mackenziemackenzie19
Review body (optional)...

Little Miss Sunshine

By thatssneaky
I loved this movie! I bought it when it came on dvd. I love the ending even though if i could, I'd change it. This is a good movie for psychologist majors too. This movie starts as a dysfunctional...

Little miss sunshine

By Mr.Le-bow-ski
This movie had a lot of funny parts. In the beginning I thought it was gonna be really depressing but, once it got farther in it was really funny. I wish the grandpa hadn't died and the ***of a...


By Cool Movie Guy
very sad in some parts but it was ok... The ending was priceless...

Absolutely Brilliant!

By filmwatcher42
It is a dry comedy, so that's definitely something to keep in mind if you are going to watch it. The characters are realistically developed and hilarious. Alan Arkin is genius. Falling through the...

loved it

By scottandjen
Sooo funny. Loved the dysfunctional, lovable family members. Great acting....


By lugubriousthespian
Not only was this little Indie film a fav with Sundance fans, but it became the sleeper hit of 2007 as first-time writer/director Jonathan Dayton brought together a truly remarkable ensemble to tell...

All time Favorite

By Heather_Renee
This movie is in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. It's really amazing how quickly you grow to love appreciate each of the characters. This movie really touches your heart....

My favorite movie

By LittleMissSunx3
Wow. This movie was amazing. It managed to be funny and sad in the same scene. It is beatifully shot and very realistic. One minute you may be falling out of your seat laughing and the next bawling...

More Info

Rated R | For language, some sex and drug content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Ride along to dysfunction in quirky indie comedy.
Read the Common Sense Media Review