Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding

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
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 6, 2012
    75
    An undemanding formula picture that's a lot of superficial fun and not much more.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jun 7, 2012
    70
    It's not "On Golden Pond" by any stretch, but it is nice to have Fonda back in the fractious family way.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 13, 2012
    75
    Pop songs, beautiful bucolic scenery and the joy of watching Jane Fonda fizz in a fun role that looks like a no-brainer are elements that a skilled director like Australia's polished Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) blends with perfection.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 7, 2012
    63
    A crowd-pleasing comedy that isn't going to win any awards for originality.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jun 7, 2012
    63
    A touchy daughter and her feely mom form the emotional axis of Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, a touching, feeling, touchy-feely series of emotional encounters that generate much warmth in Bruce Beresford's balloon-light family comedy. If it were any lighter, it would float away.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 4, 2012
    70
    May not be great cinema, but its broad, crowdpleasing qualities should make it a welcome night out for femmes.
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 toYow, 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 devolvedIt'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 »