Excerpt: Peculiar thriller dramático/romántico de Jason Reitman que necesita de la complicidad del espectador para funcionar del mejor modo posible. Si uno se deja llevar por la retro-torridez y las necesidades afectivas de los protagonistas, no está mal.
Excerpt: It lacks the smooth confidence of Reitman’s earlier films; it doesn’t seem to come as easily to him as they did. But if he can manage to fuse the zip of those pictures with the weight of this one, his next film should really be something.
Excerpt: Yes, Reitman has made a tender movie for moms, which is uncharacteristic given his past films, particularly the prickly and polarizing Young Adult. But it’s a well-crafted, well-acted drama you’d feel much better about buying Mom than the latest Nicholas Sparks drivel.
Excerpt: Between longing stares and the most incestually erotic peach pie baking ever seen on the big screen, we get what amounts to a Lifetime TV movie with bigger stars and a better production value.
Excerpt: Desconozco si la novela de Joyce Maynard en la que se basa funciona mejor que el film, pero “Una vida en tres días”, a pesar de estar hecha con mucho gusto y tener un gran reparto, es aburrida y completamente increíble.
Excerpt: However the most ridiculous sequence is an extended cooking demonstration in which Frank teaches mother and son how to bake the perfect peach pie. Each brand name ingredient lovingly framed at camera level ostensibly so the audience can go buy the correct ingredients when they make the recipe at home.
Excerpt: Reitman’s big screen manipulative and synthetic soap opera has more gallons of sap stored in its trunk than a century-old Vermont maple tree waiting to be tapped…relentlessly mush-driven and misguided…
Excerpt: Labor Day might be shamelessly indulgent melodrama, but in an age of overtly self-aware wink-wink filmmaking, this kind of Douglas Sirk throwback is almost a breath of fresh air. At the very least, the talent involved helps elevate this one above the usual Nicholas Sparks adaptations that hit screens each year.
Excerpt: On paper, some of this must have looked good – the dappled sunlight falling through the trees or flashback scenes of waving cornfields caught in a dusky glow. In practice, however, it all feels too manufactured.