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  • Summary: When Madeleine (Davidtz), a British-born dealer in regional, "outsider" art, travels from Chicago to North Carolina to pursue a local painter for her gallery, she and her brand-new, younger husband George (Nivola) extend the trip to include an introduction to his family. Madeleine confronts the difficulty of two cultures colliding, and discovers the tumultuous outcome as these separate ways of life must coexist. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  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
    Ensemble casts like this are not easy to come by. Adams is something more than that -- a brilliant young comedian bursting into bloom.
  3. 90
    Manages to be one of the genuinely fresh discoveries of the summer, a little gem that deserves to become a big sleeper hit.
  4. With its wise understanding of the magnetic pull (and invisible polarities) of family, Junebug is an auspicious debut for Morrison.
  5. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    80
    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."
  6. 70
    Combining the tragic and the comic, this drama is amateurish in places, but it's a triumph of atmosphere (the makers are both North Carolinians) and the acting is first-rate.
  7. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    50
    An admirable film, but its charms will be visible only to the most patient filmgoers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. 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. Collapse
  2. Aug 23, 2010
    8
    A film that I found quite scary though it wasn't a scary film by any means. How an outsider affects the nearest and dearest of your own nearest and dearest and left me wondering how I would myself, a Britisher like Embeth Davidz's character, cope with a real American family. It felt so alien. I must see more of the Real America. New York it ain't! Expand
  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. Expand
  4. BKM
    Apr 25, 2013
    5
    Junebug attempts to explore the enormous cultural and social gulf between red and blue state America by honing in on the disconnects between individuals, particularly family members and spouses. It's all handled with intelligence and care, but carries no dramatic weight. Much of the animosity amongst these characters is revealed by what isn't said, and in Junebug that's a lot. So much so that it's difficult to care what the reasons actually are. Expand

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