Little Miss Sunshine - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Miss Sunshine Reviews

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May 12, 2020
The movie hearkens back to the best of 1970s comedies like Michael Ritchie's Smile.
November 20, 2019
First-time screenwriter Michael Arndt's script hits all the right notes, with a first-rate cast that makes this among the year's very best films.
July 26, 2019
Little Miss Sunshine is one of the film festival gems that is just as smart and funny so many years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 5, 2019
Like a little ray of sunshine in a world of bland, boring, reheated movies that clog up the arteries of our nation's theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 23, 2019
The best thing about American cinema is that besides the studio-assembled big ticket movies, there's also the flourishing indie film movement which keeps throwing up some delightfully refreshing movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 23, 2017
The film is strictly paint by numbers, although in a slick and polished way. You barely notice you're being manipulated.
August 4, 2013
Sentimental low points and contrived idiosyncrasies aside, Little Miss Sunshine still boasts wonderful performances, a cheeky sense of humor and an original story.
May 15, 2012
An achingly deliberately madcap family adventure that skates by thinly on the collective charms of its ensemble cast.
October 1, 2009
While the screenplay is impressive and deserving of its recognition, it is Alan Arkin's performance-of-a-lifetime that separates this from other well-written small movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
September 19, 2009
Harmless enough as passable road movies go, but I can't help but wish directors of films like these would grow some damn balls.
Full Review | Original Score: 48/100
August 30, 2009
Sundance-calibrated sitcom
April 29, 2009
I loved it, every bit of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2009
Like little kids spouting dirty words in certain comedies, this film from first-time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris undermines the subversive with the self-conscious. But it's still funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2009
...mediocre black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 20, 2008
This inspirational, hilariously sad dysfunctional-family-road-trip dramedy offers absolutely everything -- except pretension.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 7, 2008
A few touching and surprising moments aside, it all feels a little prefab, with family dysfunction as the indie version of a high concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2008
Writer Michael Arndt has cleverly captured the bribery and corruption which lie at the heart of most families.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 8, 2008
The chaotic dinner scene pops like syncopated jazz, setting the tone for a warm, funny film that has more smiles than belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 11, 2008
Accumulates depth and fleshes out its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2008
Charming, moving, warm and brilliantly hysterical, Little Miss Sunshine is easily the funniest thing I have seen in a theater in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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