| Original Score: 2/5
I'd rather watch 90 minutes of a flickering yule log video than sit through this overcooked Christmas goose again.
[A] wretched yuletide comedy.
The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family.
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
[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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
The Perfect Holiday, as many a holiday movie before it, meticulously goes through the motions, but never quite finds the magic of the season.
Mixes rehashed inspirational-film cliches and urban humor, to no good effect.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[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.
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
The cold void of January can't come fast enough if it means an end to releases like The Perfect Holiday.
| Original Score: 1/4
It's a shame that Gabrielle Union can't get better scripts than this one.
The sparks that [Union and Chestnut] ignite onscreen cannot save the disjointed mess of a film that is The Perfect Holiday.
| Original Score: C-
Dear Santa: Please leave better scripts under her Christmas tree.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
For fans of lousy seasonal cheer, Dec. 25 comes early.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
The Perfect Holiday is so modest and good-natured that its flaws are hardly glaring.
Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard act as commentators, nudging the contrivances this way and that.
In the annals of Noel films so wincingly, gratingly, insultingly bad that a lump of coal would be vastly preferable, The Perfect Holiday ranks alongside Surviving Christmas for sheer unwatchability.
The messages here are what you'd expect: Love your family. Don't be selfish. Don't tell lies. Have a happy holiday. Christmas doesn't have to be perfect to entertain you. Just like this movie.
Ostensibly a Christmastime comedy about romance, The Perfect Holiday manages to be none of the above.
The actors distinguish themselves mainly by their ability to make the material, directed and co-written by Lance Rivera, seem even more painfully awkward and unfunny than it already is -- which is very.
There's not a single scene in Holiday that doesn't feel like it was copied from any number of other cookie-cutter rom coms, Christmas-themed or otherwise.
There's a lot of sap in this Christmas tree.