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389 Ratings

Labor Day

Directed by Jason Reitman
United States, 2013


Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

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Labor Day Directed by Jason Reitman

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

2014 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

The more you think about Labor Day, the more calculating it gets. The two leads do what they can with the sentimental material; it’s almost a miracle that neither turns red with embarrassment (though this isn’t going first on their clip reels). The same can’t be said for director-writer Jason Reitman, whose sharp, cynical snap is nowhere to be felt.
January 28, 2014
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Thanks in part to flashbacks and a few jolting revelations, Labor Day starts to become, in the spirit of such classic, expressly American tragedies as The Great Gatsby, a cautionary tale about the impossibility of changing the past. However, a better film would have had the gumption to maintain that poetic bleakness, rather than steer toward what ultimately feels like safe compromise.
December 23, 2013
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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. But the earnestness with which certain hackneyed narrative flashpoints are so handily realized turns whatever latent drama the film might have possessed into inadvertent comedy.
September 12, 2013
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