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  • Summary: Little Miss Sunshine is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant resultsLittle Miss Sunshine is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    What makes husband-and-wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' hilarious debut such a great family film isn't that it's suitable for the whole family (it's not), but that it speaks a simple truth about what it means to be part of one.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    88
    Funny, and thoughtful, and deeply, viscerally satisfying.
  4. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    80
    Mostly it's just funny. Really, really funny.
  5. Tucked in between all the hurt and the jokes, the character development and the across-the-board terrific performances is a surprisingly sharp look at contemporary America.
  6. 75
    Ultimately, despite flirting with some darker subjects, Little Miss Sunshine lives up to its name.
  7. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    40
    Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that travels mostly downhill.

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  1. Negative: 54 out of 250
  1. RoseAnneS.
    Aug 14, 2006
    10
    You won't find a better comedy this summer, or this year, for that matter. The comedy will bring tears to your eyes and aches to your You won't find a better comedy this summer, or this year, for that matter. The comedy will bring tears to your eyes and aches to your sides. You won't look at family travel the same, much less Rick James' "Kinky Girl." A must see! Expand
  2. Matt
    Jan 2, 2007
    10
    Best movie of the year and one of my new favorites. It's almost a quest story really, involving a trouble-plagued journy and each Best movie of the year and one of my new favorites. It's almost a quest story really, involving a trouble-plagued journy and each character facing their own demons. Expand
  3. Sam
    Sep 7, 2006
    10
    One of the best movies I've seen in years. It's a perfect and satisfying blend of bittersweet plot and stinging social commentary. One of the best movies I've seen in years. It's a perfect and satisfying blend of bittersweet plot and stinging social commentary. Wonderful performances by everybody, especially Carell. Expand
  4. MahauM.
    Aug 21, 2006
    9
    An incredible film... hilarious, touching, and at times gut-wrenchingly sad. If you are expecting a hollywood ending, you will be An incredible film... hilarious, touching, and at times gut-wrenchingly sad. If you are expecting a hollywood ending, you will be disappointed, but it's the perfect indie film. Expand
  5. AlanW.
    Sep 18, 2006
    8
    Great film, I really enjoyed it - very god acting and very funny!
  6. rogerT.
    Feb 3, 2007
    5
    To my mind i think this film is good but not exceptionnal, i don't understand when i see 100/100 or good marks like that! if you see To my mind i think this film is good but not exceptionnal, i don't understand when i see 100/100 or good marks like that! if you see this movie you'll pass a good moment but you'll forget it quickly. Expand
  7. DeanaM.
    Aug 18, 2006
    0
    We walked out!

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