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Metascore

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90
Newsweek
This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year.
83
The A.V. Club
The film accomplishes a remarkable feat of creative alchemy by breathing life and depth into characters that, in lesser hands, could easily have come across as grating caricatures.
80
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.
80
Variety
Pic's distinguished by a flawless cast, a gentle spirit of rebellion and a smart script by first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt that knows never to push its character quirks too hard.
80
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Little Miss Sunshine is an enchanting anthem to loserdom -- a dark comedy that piles on setback after setback and yet never loses its helium.
80
Tucked in between all the hurt and the jokes, the character development and the across-the-board terrific performances is a surprisingly sharp look at contemporary America.
75
ReelViews
Ultimately, despite flirting with some darker subjects, Little Miss Sunshine lives up to its name.
70
It's the journey that offers the most enjoyment. Well, that and the beauty pageant climax, which I won't spoil here, but is one of the funniest scenes from film in recent memory.
63
Premiere
Diverting and often funny enough, largely thanks (as is not unusual in cases like this) to its cast.
40
Village Voice
Like the shambling VW van its hapless characters steer from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, Little Miss Sunshine is a rickety vehicle that travels mostly downhill.

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