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A Christmas Story Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 4, 2013
It won't make anyone forget Miracle on 34th Street, but this is pleasant fare as far as holiday films go nowadays, which isn't very far.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The script's lack of subtlety and effective wit makes for an increasingly tiring experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
There are a number of small, unexpectedly funny moments in A Christmas Story, but you have to possess the stamina of a pearl diver to find them.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Don Peretta
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Delightfully entertaining, with a wryly amusing narration to keep the adults in the audience smirking.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
December 4, 2013
This witty, insightful, hugely enjoyable movie is riven with glorious home truths and a merciful lack of saccharin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 13, 2001
There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2008
If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Wonderful antidote to saccharine holiday tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 18, 1983
A Christmas Story's message is aimed at children and at the child in all of us for whom the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 28, 2002
Sweet, funny and loaded with warm nostalgia.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 1, 2002
Sentimental without being nauseating, subversive without losing its heart, and a justly celebrated holiday classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
November 18, 2013
An underlying sweetness keeps the cynicism from getting out of hand, while the more subversive moments help temper its saccharine tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
This great heartwarming comedy from the director of Porky's was a flop during its theatrical run, but, like It's a Wonderful Life, has become a staple on cable during the holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 29, 2013
Never boring, and holds up wonderfully to repeated viewings.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 5, 2003
It's so sweet but it has the cynical heart of pre-WWII America.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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