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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 25
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The fact that Grandma is played by Jane Fonda, flouncing around in natural fabrics, should tell you something. It should tell you there is no casting decision or character nuance or plot turn too obvious to indulge. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The only rewards, and they are real albeit insufficient, involve watching Jane Fonda in full cry and Catherine Keener in a quieter fullness of feeling. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A touchy daughter and her feely mom form the emotional axis of Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, a touching, feeling, touchy-feely series of emotional encounters that generate much warmth in Bruce Beresford's balloon-light family comedy. If it were any lighter, it would float away. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Peace, Love and Misunderstanding has a place for everybody in its heart-of-gold band. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The saving grace to the utter predictability in Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski's screenplay is reasonably personable characters and spirited acting by director Bruce Beresford's cast. show more

  • 55
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    None of it quite works, but it seems Beresford did his damnedest to try to pull it off. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An undemanding formula picture that's a lot of superficial fun and not much more. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Pop songs, beautiful bucolic scenery and the joy of watching Jane Fonda fizz in a fun role that looks like a no-brainer are elements that a skilled director like Australia's polished Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) blends with perfection. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A crowd-pleasing comedy that isn't going to win any awards for originality. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Keener alone finds the truth between the lines of this routine affair. She can't do much about the lines she has to say out loud, but as all first-rate screen performers realize, words are only part of the story. show more

  • July 30, 2012 michilady22
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    Fantastic movie- apparenlyt the walk out has Jane issues she needs to get over. I cannot wait to buy this movie! Adorable and Keener is amazing as a singer.

  • June 19, 2012 thevisitor967
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    Overall, I liked this film. I liked how it examined the love relationships--be it a grandchild, daughter or mother. I thought maybe the writers could\'ve dug a little deeper in the story, but it was still good for what it was supposed to be: a light weight comedy movie. The performances were great--especially Jane Fonda. I\'d like to see her do more films.

  • June 15, 2012 Margaret Opine
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    I WALKED OUT ON THIS MOVIE...MAYBE YOU WON\'T but when the daughter-lawyer says to her lover, \"Why didn\'t you tell me?\" And he says, \"That was a long time ago.\" I got up and left. I had enough. It was a \'trying\' movie but Jeffery Dean Morgan is so cute, dimples and all and the setting was so natural I stayed longer than I wanted to but if it had been a \'lovely\' movie thus a lovely movie experience with all those trees and water and small-towny-ness, and Woodstock, no less, and Jane Fonda is a good performer but her free-spirited-ness did get a bit trite, eccentric, and ridiculous especially her behavior with her grand-kids but even so, I remained, but there was a line for me (there is a line for me when it comes to free-spirited-ness and the movie reached it and crossed it so I left. But scenery and that small town way of life was kind of nice for a brief visit.--MO

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