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Sly, near-perfect comedy.
What makes husband-and-wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' hilarious debut such a great family film isn't that it's suitable for the whole family (it's not), but that it speaks a simple truth about what it means to be part of one.
While the film itself isn't perfect, who cares about perfection in the face of abundant life, authentic screwiness and lovely surprises by the busload?
It has been a while since we've seen such a consistently funny and entertaining road movie.
Chicago Tribune
Funny, and thoughtful, and deeply, viscerally satisfying.
It looks at the all-American obsession with winning and chortles darkly. You still come out of the movie wanting to give your family a hug.
The Hollywood Reporter
A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore.
It's "National Lampoon's Family Vacation" with soul.
New York Daily News
A charmer, a comedy with drama -- or vice versa.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Family. Can't live with 'em, can't kill 'em. Little Miss Sunshine, a stormy quasi-comedy destined to polarize audiences, is a perfect specimen of this unsentimental attitude.
Entertainment Weekly
If you're going to get on the wavelength of Little Miss Sunshine, you've got to be able to enjoy a comedy in which the characters fit into hermetically cute, predetermined sitcom slots.

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