Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. This low-key drama is a miracle of mood, atmosphere, and sensitivity.
  2. 100
    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.
  3. 100
    One happy surprise after another, even when the content is bittersweet or sad.
  4. Amy Adams in a performance as deep as it is delightful, is the film's heart and also its flaky, wonderstruck soul.
  5. 100
    Ensemble casts like this are not easy to come by. Adams is something more than that -- a brilliant young comedian bursting into bloom.
  6. The screenwriter Angus MacLachlan and the director Phil Morrison and an astonishingly perfect cast have quietly made a daring picture.
  7. A deceptively simple, deeply resonant story about the inherent loneliness of family, the odds against assimilation and the enormous distances that can divide two people.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    It's hugely entertaining, it's spectacularly acted, and it pricks you in all kinds of places. Maybe the best thing is to see it and let it bug you, too.
  9. 90
    Manages to be one of the genuinely fresh discoveries of the summer, a little gem that deserves to become a big sleeper hit.
  10. The sum is something deeply profound: about awkwardness, culture clash, failed connections, and – ultimately – the strength that comes from surviving a trial by fire.
  11. Happily, Morrison's actors grasp his intentions perfectly, shading their roles so well that we never quite get a handle on anyone. Each player is outstanding, but the highest praise must go to Weston.
  12. Brilliantly detailed, richly painted portrait.
  13. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    Junebug has the feel of a good short story or novella.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    88
    That rare kind of movie that contrasts "cultured" big-city characters with devout, "simple" folk without being condescending or judgmental of either camp.
  15. A movie that gets wonderfully under your skin.
  16. 83
    Wonderful performances and the director's continual inventiveness make Junebug a particularly promising first feature.
  17. The performances by Davidtz, Weston, Wilson and especially Adams stand out as Morrison paints his character study with raw, true bits continually tested by the absurdities of pain life dishes up.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. RonaldM.
    Apr 4, 2006
    10
    This is a great film. In the tradition of Jean Renior and Robert Altman it captures the nuances of life. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad. It is as unpredictable as life. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2013
    8
    A simple, yet profound picture of the family. Amy Adams is a revelation and is the real heart and soul of the film; she gives an adorable but tragic performance well deserving of her Oscar nomination. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2013
    7
    The best parts of this movie are easily when Adams is on screen giving her hilarious and very moving performance. This is still her best work to date. However, when she is not on screen, the movie is filled with boring camera shots and awkward conversations that try to pass as "art", but I am not convinced. It also dragged big time by the end, but it was still a somewhat satisfying little film. Full Review »