Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 8, 2012
    38
    It's like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the Catskills.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 6, 2012
    33
    So let's hear it for the giant wig of Pre-Raphaelite gray corkscrews planted on the noggin of Jane Fonda as a glamorous hippie grandma. The hairdo meets its match in the dull Ann Taylor togs encasing Catherine Keener: That's how you know Granny's daughter is an uptight lawyer.
  3. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Jun 7, 2012
    30
    How long do you have to be gone to make a triumphant return to the screen, and how triumphant can your return be when all three movies are duds?
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jun 8, 2012
    25
    The fact that Grandma is played by Jane Fonda, flouncing around in natural fabrics, should tell you something. It should tell you there is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 7, 2012
    25
    Me, I'm a Johnny Rotten man, so this limp culture-clash comedy with a heart of patchouli just made me want to stab my eyeballs out.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Sep 20, 2012
    3
    Yow, this was a dreary, long, contentious ride. A modern story about families in a culture clash is my thing, but this had no one in it to root for. Everyone was an unyielding stereotype and stayed that way against all odds. Drippy script, predictable traumas, mediocre acting. And it is a marketing ploy to call it a comedy. City people meet tie-dyed, small town inhabitants.....with indoor chickens.... surely this is hilarious. IT is not. I gave it a three for nice scenery and reasonable photography. Full Review »
  2. Jun 16, 2012
    3
    It's hard to believe (and rather depressing) that a director who created such a beautiful, subtle movie as Tender Mercies could have devolved into one who creates such over-the-top, un-involving charactertures and stereotypes as the ones portrayed in this movie. It just goes to show (as if we didn't know) that Hollywood can turn anyone into a philistine. It was interesting to see Jane Fonda show such a commitment to her character, even when that character is a characterture (in fact, a characterture of her own youthful characterture, hence a meta-characterture). Not a great job of acting, but an impressively unselfconscious performance nonetheless. On the plus side, Elizabeth Olsen confirms the fact that even in an underdeveloped and stereotypical role she has a great movie presence (and is more than a credible actress). On the other hand, Jerry Garcia must be turning over in his grave (he was buried, wasn't he?) at the surfeit of tie-dying in this movie. Finally, the most egregious sin of the movie is the underlying Hollywood "lesson" that "romance conquers all"-- substantive political differences, bad parenting, bad hair-dos, everything is secondary to romance. And here I was trying to find the meaning of life in Nietzsche, Marx, Sartre...and it was all there in a Beatles lyric. "All you need is love"! Full Review »