Paramount Pictures | Release Date: December 27, 2013
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MovieReviewsApr 28, 2014
Labor Day has a familiar vibe to it, I have seen bits and pieces of the story before, and I have seen similar characters on the big screen and on the small screen, but it is all about the direction and how the director decides to create deepLabor Day has a familiar vibe to it, I have seen bits and pieces of the story before, and I have seen similar characters on the big screen and on the small screen, but it is all about the direction and how the director decides to create deep characters, effective story and a heartbreak, Jason Reitman succeeds in all these things, thus making Labor Day one of the best movies of 2013. Labor Day is highly recommended! Expand
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MovieGuysFeb 1, 2014
Labor Day is a sappy tale: it's plagued by plot devices and romance novel clichés. That being said, it's well-written, well-acted, and shot beautifully.
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ugisupriatnaApr 17, 2014
With a special narration by Toby Maguire and despite a predictable ending, Labor Day successfully presents a melodrama film without too-over emotional. Another good performance from Kate Winslet.
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LeZeeJun 23, 2014
A novel based on family drama of the same name from the director of 'Juno'. A drama that revolves around three characters, a mother, her son and a felon who is on the run. The cinematography was good and so the direction. Recent bestA novel based on family drama of the same name from the director of 'Juno'. A drama that revolves around three characters, a mother, her son and a felon who is on the run. The cinematography was good and so the direction. Recent best performance by Kate Winslet and it will be remembered for Josh Brolin's best appearance in a romance-drama. Fractionally underrated movie everywhere that needs a support from the movie goers. So why don't you try, it may amaze you.

The story sets in the 80s in a small town. An ordinary family of mother and son filled with sorrows living quite a solitary life. Then one day they meet a wounded stranger and enforced to help him. Later they come to know the true identity of the man. The son who is always concerned about his mother feels a man's intrusion may harm her. So, will the family coop with him until he decides to leave is the story that expounds.

‘‘I don't think losing my father broke my mother's heart,
but rather losing love itself.’’

A bit of melodrama with tensed scenes often gives viewers wide awake. The highlight of the movie was it is not a Disney movie, but looks like one. You know why, there's no violence like theme like this should have one. At first it was hard to believe in a movie with stars like Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin had no sex scenes. It's better without them and I liked it that way, gives an opportunity for the wider audience.

Characters wise, it was a sensitive narration, but overall not an empirical. If you watch it you will come to know it that in reality, people's ideology towards outsiders differs. As a movie, it worked well to be called a fine piece of craft which is absolutely an enthralling. It was way, way better than I thought. I guess, somehow it will do justice to your expectation as well if you take a chance on this.

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riceflanJan 11, 2014
This is a unique, very artistic film. The cinematography focuses on a soulful, subtle and nuanced direction and the sound-score is mesmerizing. They each reflect the underlying emotion and tension of every scene. Jason's choice to directThis is a unique, very artistic film. The cinematography focuses on a soulful, subtle and nuanced direction and the sound-score is mesmerizing. They each reflect the underlying emotion and tension of every scene. Jason's choice to direct such a different kind of film gives him great merit ... and the result is a multi-layered, rich very moving film that takes one in a myriad of emotional directions. He deserves great credit for this risk-taking, as well as for his thorough, thoughtful and extremely artistic direction. Cynics will not like this film. Mature folks with deep life experiences will understand its power. A remarkable film ... ahead of its time. Expand
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TVJerryFeb 4, 2014
Kate Winslet plays a separated mother with serious issues. She's struggling to cope with a troubled past, while raising her son (Gattlin Griffith). One afternoon, they're intimidated by an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who forces his way intoKate Winslet plays a separated mother with serious issues. She's struggling to cope with a troubled past, while raising her son (Gattlin Griffith). One afternoon, they're intimidated by an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who forces his way into their home…and ultimately, their lives. The inevitable relationships are pretty obvious from the start, but it's watching them develop that gives the movie its weight. Although it moves slowly, the solid performances and Jason Reitman's controlled direction make for a sweet, slightly pretentious but compelling drama. Expand
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Tazmania32Jan 9, 2014
This truly caught me off guard. Jason is an excellent writer, but I don't how Brolin and Winslet would mesh on screen. Under all of the glitz, glamour, explosions, in your face type cinema, this simplistic, yet very tense drama isThis truly caught me off guard. Jason is an excellent writer, but I don't how Brolin and Winslet would mesh on screen. Under all of the glitz, glamour, explosions, in your face type cinema, this simplistic, yet very tense drama is oldschool: Great writing, great acting, excellent cinematography. Expand
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foxgroveDec 27, 2013
In essence Labor Day is just a sweet romance. All very tastefully done and starring Kate Winslet in another effortlessly nuanced performance. She plays a single mother who finds love with an escaped convict who holds both her and her teenageIn essence Labor Day is just a sweet romance. All very tastefully done and starring Kate Winslet in another effortlessly nuanced performance. She plays a single mother who finds love with an escaped convict who holds both her and her teenage son hostage in their own home. Josh Brolin is good as the convict but pitted against Winslet he is some what eclipsed. Flashbacks provide us with the back ground to both these characters and allow us to understand why they are in their current situations, but the movie is best when following the thrust of the main narrative. These flashbacks are, in fact, the least successful aspect of the film being only of sporadic interest. Brolin's past is signposted a mile off and Winslet's isn't particularly revealing.
The film does have a nice gentle tone to it which leads to an expected and inevitable conclusion. However, some satisfactorily added scenes gives us a coda which, if conventional, is still moving.
Gattlin Griffith who plays Winslet's son is very good, his expressive face bringing great maturity to his performance.
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JmsbppJun 30, 2014
Es una buena historia centrado en algo realmente hermoso y fantastico, una historia que se desarrolla mas en un cuento de hadas pero q al mismo tiempo tiene su picante.
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mary12496Feb 1, 2014
This eloquently simple, yet passionately tense movie is something to be remembered. The breathtaking cinematography beautifully meshes with the closeness of the characters' captured emotions in which you can't help but accredit to the perfectThis eloquently simple, yet passionately tense movie is something to be remembered. The breathtaking cinematography beautifully meshes with the closeness of the characters' captured emotions in which you can't help but accredit to the perfect chemistry of the cast. Labor Day is ingeniously refreshing compared to what we consider to be "Box-Office Hits" today. Also, if you've read the book, it adds an intense appreciation for the important, minor details of this movie. Expand
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CherryxldNov 23, 2014
Labor Day es una película que contiene algunos desacuerdos pero que hacen que la historia funcione bien y haga de ella una película eficaz y bien hecha.
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ctb_premiumJan 25, 2015
At first it was the type of movie that I wanted to escape from. Wierd looking kid named Frank with a wierd relationship with his mother Adelle. You really need to watch and take note of the little flashbacks to understand this movie in theAt first it was the type of movie that I wanted to escape from. Wierd looking kid named Frank with a wierd relationship with his mother Adelle. You really need to watch and take note of the little flashbacks to understand this movie in the end. It is impossible to understand the characters background in the first hour appx. There is alot of guessing leading up to the conversation the fugitive lover and Adelle have in the car while she is attempting to go to the bank. Then your suspicion that the young couple with the baby girl is the fugitives deceased family and understand why he went to jail. He loved his daughter even though the movie suggests it is not his biological daughter. She drowned in the bathtub. Not really a spoiler you would think that happened anyways. Then you learn that Adelle had a bunch of miscarriages and could not concieve again after Frank. Hence the reason for her depression. Her last effort led to the death of her daughter after giving birth. So the two characters have an emotional commonground to begin. Both lost their baby children. Both feel terrible about it. Both have been cheated on and abandoned by their ex spouses. Both are in a desperate situation and need each other for different reasons. That is why they fall in love so quickly. They need each others support and touch. Frank really is not a significant character in this story. He is more like the narrorator or messenger. He is his moms rock until the fugitive shows up over labor day weekend and holds them all hostage. Then the boy feels abandoned by his mother. So the movie is about love, betrayel and loss. The moral teaching is that if your current situation does not work out or you lose someone dear to you you should not give up as there is much more love out there waiting for you in places you would never expect if you lose the love you already have. I liked it, once I see Jason Reitman is not a monster and just had bad luck you really feal badly for the guy. Of course without that information you as well as the towns people assume the guy is a terrible monster without a heart that wants to hurt everyone he meets or runs into. This may be another moral teaching, do not judge a person by their circumstance or their hard outer shell. There is usually something much more than that once you peel back the layers. Expand
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horizonbtsMar 20, 2015
This is one of those movies that you think is just going to be OK, then all of a sudden your in really deep and realize that this is one of the best movies you have seen in a long time! I think this is Kate Winslet's best work since TitanicThis is one of those movies that you think is just going to be OK, then all of a sudden your in really deep and realize that this is one of the best movies you have seen in a long time! I think this is Kate Winslet's best work since Titanic who plays the scarred mother, and certainly one of Josh Brolin's better movies although he was very good in "No Country for Old Men". Even Gattlin Griffith who plays the son and has a coming of age role, puts in a spectacular performance, you might have remembered him as the son in "Changeling". This movie makes some good points that people may not at all be who you think they are, and that things on the surface may not always be as they seem. If your looking for a movie that pulls you in and fires on a lot of emotions, and truly one that will make an impression, this movie could do it. I certainly will buy this one and perhaps just pull it out to watch every Labor Day, why not as we have all those special movies for other occasions! This movie certainly fits into that category (special). Expand
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