Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Nothing against Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and director Jason Reitman - top talents all - but my goodwill drowned while trying to swallow this treacly cocktail of romantic swill.Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 01.30.2014
"Labor" isn't just a word in the title of Jason Reitman's new film, it's a description of what it feels like to sit through the movie.James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 02.01.2014
Mush [that] comes with an unappetizing side order of condescension and contempt.Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 01.30.2014
Labor Day lacks this film-maker's usual sophisticated wit: it is bizarrely unconvincing, sugary and humourless, like a Walt Disney version of The Night of the Hunter.Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, 03.20.2014