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Home for the Holidays (1995)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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It's been said that while most people love their families, they don't always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage

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Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Nov 9, 2004

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (17) | DVD (9)

Foster's second directorial effort is a vividly drawn if too episodic portrait of an eccentric family, well acted by the entire cast, especially Holly Hunter and Robery Downey Jr.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A modest film (in every sense) which pushes the gags too hard.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Spirited but uneven.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.

May 12, 2001 | Comment (1)
Rolling Stone
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Foster and Richter, of course, want to do more than make audiences laugh; they want us to be touched by their characters' humanity and take an interest in a budding romance, but that rarely is the case.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Jodie Foster has directed a poisoned paean to the great American tradition of torturous family gatherings.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This has its fair share of laugh out loud moments and a good deal of heart.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Has a spirit and an ostensible shapelessness that are pure Cassavetes, enveloping a script that only seems to reach for the precise calculations of 1930s screwball comedy.

October 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

A wonderful, big-hearted, messy Thanksgiving story.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

As director, Jodi Foster is good with her well chosen cast

June 14, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Equal parts weirdly off-putting and humorously endearing. (Strange, I know.)

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Lame attempt at trying to make you feel good.

April 13, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

WASP dysfunction done up right

June 10, 2004
Reel.com

Jodie Foster follows up her directing debut with this underrated, intelligent comedy.

March 27, 2004
KFOR Channel 4 News

It doesn't all work, but it's entertaining.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I found myself shaking my head in embarrassed, smiling recognition.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

There are hundreds of films that have covered the same territory with better results.

January 20, 2003 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

You wouldn't want to spend too much time here, but a weekend's good value

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Any screen that shares the likes of Danes, Downey and Durning at the least promises certain pleasures, and this cast delivers...

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

For the holidays or any other time of the year there's no place like Jodie Foster's deliciously warm-hearted and well-observed comedy.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts

Audience Reviews for Home for the Holidays

All I can say is, I hope The Beaver is better than this mess.
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

A really good holiday movie. It's not corny or childish, actually I was really surprised at how good it was. Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. were both great and the story was well executed and really funny.
November 18, 2009
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    1. Adele Larson: Into the house! Everyone! Before we're in the evening news!
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