One of the few Oscar hopefuls yet to have a trailer speak for it, “Labor Day” follows a mother (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith) when an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) comes into their lives.
Right after the film wrapped up it was met with some strong-worded praise, followed by some shrugs. The film currently has 4 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, 3 positive and 1 negative.
Within the early reviews and reactions, the consensus seems to be it is very good, but may be too sugar-coated for Oscar. Multiple comparisons have been made to Nicholas Sparks, although one was made to Terrence Malick. May not make it into the Oscars in such a crowded year, unless many of the films are revealed to be of lower quality.Here were some of the Twitter reactions:
@firstshowing: Labor Day – Floored. Jason’s best work? Maybe. Explores very deep emotions, relationships, intimacy in a masterful way. Bravo. #telluride13
@firstshowing (Later): Will be thinking about the emotions and complexities of the story in Labor Day for a while. Had to wipe away a tear. Very affecting film.
@akstanwyck: Labor Day is that rare thing these days, a well wrought drama, a love story and a tear jerker. Sniffles in the house, Winslet in the Oscar race.
@ScottFeinberg: LABOR DAY is a tearjerker featuring very strong perfs all around. Certainly a contender for acting/screenplay. Pic/director will be harder.
@AwardsDaily: Labor Day just killed. So sweet. So sad. Great. Reitman’s best. #telluride
@eugenenovikov: LABOR DAY (C+) And now for something completely different from J. Reitman. Beautifully made, but unravels in the Sparks-ian last 1/3. –
@erickohn: LABOR DAY: effective coming of age tearjerker w/MUD-like expressionistic crime plot, tonal shift for Reitman big
@TomiLaffly: Labor Day: Untypical Reitman. Quietly lyrical/brings Malick to mind. Off-putting 1st-yet yields into sthg beautiful where labor equals love.
@TomiLaffly (Later): U can feel Reitman’s honesty as you go deep into Labor Day. He got great work out of his cast. Audience absolutely loved it – this will last.
@bylisakennedy: If Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” sets the tone of @TellurideFilm #teary, it’s gonna be a good one. Newcomer Gattlin Griffith wonderful.
@ChrisWillman: Just saw world premiere of “Labor Day” at #tff40, and it’s Reitman’s first misfire. I couldn’t have imagined he’d make something this dreary.
@MarlowNYC: Just got out of Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY, starring Kate Winslet/ Josh Brolin. Solid drama, superb performances. #TFF40 #Telluride