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The Perfect Holiday (2007)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 49

The Perfect Holiday is the perfect example of Christmas movie clichés run amok.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 21

The Perfect Holiday is the perfect example of Christmas movie clichés run amok.



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Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, and Terrence Howard star in a film concerning a young girl who implores a department-store Santa to find a new husband for her divorced mother for Christmas. Single mother of three Nancy (Union) has been putting the needs of her three children ahead of her own for as far back as she can remember, and lately her youngest daughter, Emily (Khail Bryant), has become acutely aware of her mother's palpable sadness. As Christmas draws near, Nancy takes

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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (49) | DVD (3)

I'd rather watch 90 minutes of a flickering yule log video than sit through this overcooked Christmas goose again.

December 17, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] wretched yuletide comedy.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Despite the flabby direction and uninspired plot, The Perfect Holiday almost works because Chestnut and Union are an attractive couple and you want them to get together.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard] may be a draw, but it's too bad no one thought the endearing performances in this charming (if cliché) family romance would be enough.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Jovial and junky as all get out, The Perfect Holiday is about what you'd expect from a holiday comedy daring to put 'perfect' in its title. As in anything but.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The Perfect Holiday, as many a holiday movie before it, meticulously goes through the motions, but never quite finds the magic of the season.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Love eventually conquers all, as expected, but not before we're forced to sit through a nearly endless parade of clichés, unfunny jokes, and empty drama.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

Christmas fable is cute and tame, but unoriginal.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard just show up enough in The Perfect Holiday to either pick up a paycheck or return some kind of mysterious unpaid debt to writer-director Lance Rivera.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

"The Perfect Holiday" isn't perfect. But it does contain moments of merriment.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Bad Santa! No cookie!

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's deplorable that these two stars have been reduced to appearing in such garbage.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Perfect Holiday is far from an offensive effort. It's just pathetic and forgettable, and when it comes to Christmas cheer, mediocrity should never be left under the tree.

December 16, 2007 Full Review Source:

There's just no cynicism in this whole story. As if a woman knows how to take a compliment. But this movie allows you to suspend disbelief and buy into a woman who can say thank you.

December 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Can Magazine
Can Magazine

The movie's reach extends beyond it's grasp.

December 15, 2007 Full Review Source:

If tickets to this yuletide dreck are hiding in your stocking, you'd be better off with a lump of coal.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

In one scene, Terrence Howard kneels in a pair of shoes like Tim Conway in a 'Dorf on Golf' video, licks a lollipop and utters this line: 'I gotta go dookie.' I hope they paid him well.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...a clumsy mess of silly contrivances and musty sight gags...

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

There's no rush to see this disappointing excuse for a holiday film.

December 14, 2007

Belying its title, the film does little to inspire good cheer toward its various imperfections. Maybe I should find Santa and ask for better films. You'll certainly wish I had if you're unfortunate enough to sit through this 'gift.'

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Most people seeing this movie might wonder what Queen Latifah did to convince Terrence Howard to take on what will surely be his worst role of the year.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

Despite the appealing supporting performers, I'd like to cap this movie.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Is The Perfect Holiday a good film? The answer is: not really, but it isn't terrible.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for The Perfect Holiday

I expected Queen Latifah to be all over this movie not just tiny tiny appearances. It was okay. Not in my expectation though.
August 29, 2011
Dead Angel

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I found this a cookie-cutter type of movie. Lonely mom with three kids finds a perfect guy who has to work through various obstacles to find his way to true love, dah-da dah-da. I gave it a half-star bonus for the fact that the movie does work with the actors, but deducted a half-star for Queen Latifah and Terrance Howard's redundant roles in it.
May 25, 2009

Super Reviewer

If it weren't for Queen Latifah,this would have been disasterous from the start. The ONLY saving grace here is Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union.
December 17, 2007
Mister Caple

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The chemistry between Morris Chestnut & Gabrielle Union in this light hearted romantic comedy does wonders to the soul of the Christmas spirit. See it!
November 14, 2008

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