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The Perfect Holiday Reviews

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 12, 2007
The likable cast and the script's low-key humor help, as does Howard's soulful, if fleeting, presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Whitney Pastorek
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2007
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday, as many a holiday movie before it, meticulously goes through the motions, but never quite finds the magic of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 12, 2007
[The script] hasn't been written as much as stamped out like so many cheap Christmas knickknacks that will be on the clearance shelf come Dec. 26.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday, directed by Lance Rivera, is that most dispiriting product, a formulaic movie that doesn't believe in itself.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 12, 2007
The cold void of January can't come fast enough if it means an end to releases like The Perfect Holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 12, 2007
It's a shame that Gabrielle Union can't get better scripts than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 12, 2007
Queen Latifah often is the saving grace of many of the movies she's in. That can't be said of her latest, however.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mekeisha Madden Toby
Detroit News
December 12, 2007
The sparks that [Union and Chestnut] ignite onscreen cannot save the disjointed mess of a film that is The Perfect Holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 12, 2007
Dear Santa: Please leave better scripts under her Christmas tree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 12, 2007
There's not much original about the film, but it's played with high spirits and good cheer, there are lots of musical interludes, and it's pitched straight at families.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2007
For fans of lousy seasonal cheer, Dec. 25 comes early.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 12, 2007
Wants to be a Christmas perennial, but it wilts badly well before the final credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
December 12, 2007
This sugarplum of a movie is held together with good intentions and paperclips, but its appealing cast and seasonal sweetness make it -- if not the perfect holiday treat, a pleasantly enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
December 12, 2007
If you've seen every slushy, sentimental Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel and are still able to keep your breakfast down, you might want to catch this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday is so modest and good-natured that its flaws are hardly glaring.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 12, 2007
Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard act as commentators, nudging the contrivances this way and that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
December 11, 2007
About as appetizing as a candy cane laced with arsenic.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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