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Junebug Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Amy Adams in a performance as deep as it is delightful, is the film's heart and also its flaky, wonderstruck soul.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Junebug is a great film because it is a true film. It humbles other films that claim to be about family secrets and eccentricities. It understands that families are complicated and their problems are not solved during a short visit, just in time for the film to end. Families and their problems go on and on, and they aren't solved, they're dealt with.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Not merely a sitcom of cultural clash. Screenwriter Angus Maclachlan has delicately etched a compelling portrait of a way of life whose decencies and simplicities are often dismissed as being "unsophisticated."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Junebug has the feel of a good short story or novella.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Odd, insightful movie best for mature teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes sexual language (including references to genitalia) and imagery (brief images of a married couple making love and a young woman masturbating). Characters smoke, drink, and curse (including the f-word), and a couple of them use the n-word. A character is glimpsed on the toilet, through a doorway.

  • Families can talk about the representation of cultural differences, for instance, regional, gendered, and generational. How do such disparities lead to assumptions and assessments? How do the various characters resent or feel jealous of one another, for seeming happiness or success? How does the movie turn around your expectations of who understands the stakes of these family relationships? How does "outsider art" become metaphorical for characters' feelings of alienation or loneliness?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters make poor decisions, but the movie explores reasons and alternatives.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Violence depicted in paintings, a short fight between brothers.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual situations (including brief masturbation), tastefully represented.

  • language false5

    Language: Some cursing, including f-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Gallery owner wants to sell paintings, so marketplace is a theme.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke cigarettes.