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Juno (2007)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Taglines: A comedy about growing up... and the bumps along the way.

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Diablo Cody

Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, ...

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker?

100 | Lou Lumenick

Hollywood's Woman of the Year is a pregnant 16-year-old, the incredibly hip, smart-mouthed and totally endearing heroine of the wise and witty Juno.
Read More: New York Post

100 | Claudia Puig

With its original performances that can't be reduced to simplistic labels, Juno is charming, honest and terrifically acted.
Read More: USA Today

100 | Roger Ebert

A fresh, quirky, unusually intelligent comedy.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

100 | David Wiegand

A confluence of perfection in every aspect of the film.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

91 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

A blithe charmer balanced somewhere between a life-should-be-so-neat fairy tale and a life's-a-real-bitch tragicomedy, leaves political debate at the ticket counter and focuses solely on what it's like for Juno MacGuff to be Juno MacGuff.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

91 | Sean Axmaker

A witty little comic gem with a heart and a soul.
Read More: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

91 | Peter Rainer

At its best, Juno is about the messy things in life that are not so easily summarized.
Read More: Christian Science Monitor

90 | A.O. Scott

Juno respects the idiosyncrasies of its characters rather than exaggerating them or holding them up for ridicule.
Read More: The New York Times

90 | Dana Stevens

With a charismatic lead performance from Page and a plaintive score of indie-rock songs, many of them by Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches, Juno seems poised to be the season's youth-culture hit.
Read More: Slate

90 | David Denby

Juno is a coming-of-age movie made with idiosyncratic charm and not a single false note.
Read More: The New Yorker

90 | Desson Thomson

Not only gives us a superb new cast of believable characters, it transcends its own genre. Only superficially a teen comedy, the movie redounds with postmodern -- but emotionally genuine -- gravitas.
Read More: Washington Post

88 | Peter Travers

There's a special kick that comes in finding a new star. So step up, Ellen Page, and take your bows.
Read More: Rolling Stone

88 | James Berardinelli

Juno has a great heroine and is blessed by a screenplay that doesn't try to do too much and finds the perfect ending.
Read More: ReelViews

88 | Michael Phillips

Ellen Page is key to its success, as much as Cody, or director Jason Reitman.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

88 | Ty Burr

That smart, hip, human comedy you've been waiting for all year.
Read More: Boston Globe

88 | Carrie Rickey

Like its heroine, the film's glib - and sometimes sidesplittingly funny - patter at first diverts viewers from its poignant insights. Happily, as Juno grows in experience and maturity, so does the film.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

83 | Scott Tobias

It comes off as calculatedly irreverent at times, and its Wes Anderson-isms are too precious by half, but its sweetness is genuine and next-to-impossible to resist.
Read More: The A.V. Club

83 | M. E. Russell

A funny and sincere indie about what happens when an acerbic teen finds herself "in a fat suit I can't take off."
Read More: Portland Oregonian

80 | Kirk Honeycutt

Cody's dialogue has a definite rhythm and Reitman directs his actors to deliver the words in the rapid-fire precision of a '30s screwball comedy. Indeed all scenes develop a rhythm and inner logic that bring the movie to often startling revelations and insights.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

80 | Todd McCarthy

An ultra-smart-mouthed comedy about a planned adoption that goes weirdly awry.
Read More: Variety

80 | Robert Wilonsky

Once it works its way through the first-timer's lookatme! snark, Juno evolves into a thing of beauty and grace. By the end, it's unexpectedly moving without ever once trolling for crocodile tears. It's a sneak attack.
Read More: Village Voice

80 | Carina Chocano

Deceptively superficial at the outset, the movie deepens into something poignant and unexpected.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

80 | Stephanie Zacharek

As lively and entertaining as Juno is, Reitman and Cody have also done the work of shaping the story into something emotionally direct, unsparing and generous.
Read More: Salon.com

80 | Joe Morgenstern

It's a comedy of crisp, mordant wit and quietly radiating warmth, as well as a coming-of-age story with a lovely twist -- you can't always spot the best candidates for maturity.
Read More: Wall Street Journal

80 | Felix Vasques Jr.

Bateman is given all the best dialogue and delivers his hilarious one-liners and odd observations with his usual brilliant deadpan, along with Garner who gives the finest performance of her career.
Read More: Film Threat

80 | Richard Schickel

Juno is not a great movie; it does not have aspirations in that direction. But it is, in its little way, a truthful, engaging and welcome entertainment.
Read More: Time

80 | Andrew Male

A sharp-edged, sweet-centred, warm-hearted coming-of-age movie that’s always just that little bit smarter than you think it is.
Read More: Empire

78 | Kimberley Jones

As with "Sunshine," I'd call Juno a family film if only it didn't make teen pregnancy look so sporting. Instead, we'll settle for that rare bird, an indie comedy that uplifts – funny and smart, totally trying to be cool and succeeding, and heartfelt to boot.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

75 | Jack Mathews

It is certainly the feel-good movie of the season.
Read More: New York Daily News

75 | Maitland McDonagh

Diablo and director Jason Reitman never undercut Juno, whom Page brings to a fully rounded life (no pun intended) that verges on the frightening: Her vulnerable center doesn't belie her formidable exterior -- it just makes her more than a sitcom-patter machine.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

75 | Glenn Kenny

If a woman had not in fact certifiably written the picture, I might have thought that Lester Bangs had come back from the dead to pen an account of the teen years of his ideal mate.
Read More: Premiere

75 | Liam Lacey

The film's forced quirkiness constantly threatens to derail the entire enterprise, making this another minor American indie exercise in family eccentricity. But it keeps being put back on track by the apparently effortless performance of a great young actress.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

75 | Lawrence Toppman

Comedy comes from an exaggeration of reality, not reality itself -- and on that score, Diablo Cody's first screenplay gets high marks.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

75 | Rene Rodriguez

Juno comes on all wisecracking and aren't-we-clever, but don't be surprised if you find yourself getting choked up -- with happy tears -- by the end.
Read More: Miami Herald

70 | Ella Taylor

What sets this engaging little movie above the pack of glib, brittle or sickly-sweet teen comedies is the clear eye it casts on the suburban American family, while stoutly defending that battered institution’s elastic ability to adapt.
Read More: L.A. Weekly

70 | J.R. Jones

Jason Reitman follows his pitch-perfect satire "Thank You for Smoking" with another adventurous comedy, though here the cleverness can be grating; the movie is distinctive for its complicated emotions.
Read More: Chicago Reader

60 | David Edelstein

It’s the writer, Diablo Cody, and the director, Jason Reitman, who have screws loose. Or maybe they’re just desperate to make their film a chick "Rushmore" or "Garden State."
Read More: New York Magazine (Vulture)

58 | Michael Sragow

The movie has been hailed and marketed as this year's Little Miss Sunshine, but it has none of that movie's empathy and comic surprise. Too much of it is like a subpar episode of Freaks and Geeks, padded out to 92 minutes with pseudo-witty dialogue.
Read More: Baltimore Sun