Metacritic Movie Ratings
Labor Day Reviews

3.0

52

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd 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

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRichard 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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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles TimesBetsy Sharkey

    The film finds its footing as the weekend progresses and the temperature and tension — outside and in — rise.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    VarietyPeter 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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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New YorkerAnthony Lane

    You can love the look of the movie and still not believe a single word of it. To be fair, the climax is surprisingly touching; somehow, the residents of this cooked-up tale manage to earn our pity and support.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyChris 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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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneMichael Phillips

    Kate Winslet has such sound and reliable dramatic instincts (That Face doesn't hurt, either) she very nearly makes something of Adele.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Labor Day feels like a belabored, sappy slog.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    Labor Day, adapted from a novel by Joyce Maynard, is the kind of movie that turns clarity into stultification; everything is perfectly clear and almost everything — pie-making excepted — is perfectly lifeless.

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