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I'll Be Home for Christmas

I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)

tomatometer

23

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 33

Neither parent nor child will find any merriment in this mess.

18

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 14

Neither parent nor child will find any merriment in this mess.

audience

41

liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 44,233

My Rating

Movie Info

Teen heartthrob and Home Improvement star Jonathon Taylor-Thomas stars in this Disney Christmas film that is a teenaged variation on the Planes Trains and Automobiles theme. Jake has missed Christmas in New York with his family these past few years, so as an incentive, his father promises him a 1957 red Porsche if he makes it home by Christmas Eve. No sweat, until an unexpected twist blows up in poor Jake's face. It seems that the "cheat sheet" he supplied the college football team was

PG,

Comedy, Kids & Family

Harris Goldberg, Tom Nursall

Nov 9, 1999

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (33) | DVD (3)

This family comedy finds unearned laughs in old women and dog flatulence.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Arrogance gives way to humility, making this an appropriate, if thoroughly cliched, Christmas morality tale that's sugar-coated with an attractive cast spouting sitcom-quality dialogue.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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None of the cast comes off well, but they have little to work with, since the dialogue sounds like it was made up on the spot and performed without rehearsal.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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A Christmas turkey.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Adequate in every way and oddly subversive in spots, but that's about it.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Inane Christmas film has little going for it in script and character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Jon Taylor Thomas' yule tale charming for tweens.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An innocuously entertaining comedy...

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Um filme natalino que advoga a eficácia da mentira e do egoísmo como formas de ser bem sucedido.

December 19, 2008
Cinema em Cena

It gets off to a grating start, but this slight comedy eventually finds its feet and delivers a holiday-themed package made up in equal parts of mild laughs and sweet-as-sweet-can-be sentiment.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I'll Be Home for Christmas asks the impossible of us.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's the cinematic equivalent of a flavored rice cake -- palatable while you're chewing and completely forgotten 10 minutes later.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Hurrah -- let's teach our kids that if you look good and are skilled at making up convincing lies, everyone will love you.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Surprisingly engaging.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Director Sanford struggles in vain to put a shiny new wrapper on this secondhand offering.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Jonathan Taylor Thomas is completely out of his element as the smooth-talking operator.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

Next to this, 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' looks like a work of depth and brilliance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Bah, humbug!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for I'll Be Home for Christmas

"Somewhere between L.A. and N.Y. Jake found the meaning of Christmas"

I'll Be Home For Christmas is a cliche family Christmas movie. The major theme is that of most, if not all Christmas movies; it's not about where you spend it or how you spend it or what you get, it's about the family you share it with. This one gets that message across with a cross country trip along the same lines as Planes, Trains & Automobiles. 

Jake is going to school in California and hasn't been home for Christmas in a few years. His father wants him there though, so he tells Jake that if he's there by six o'clock on Christmas Eve, he'll give Jake the '57 Porsche. This is enough to make Jake go, but when some fellow students leave him dressed like Santa and stranded in the desert, he misses his flight and must find another way to make it to New York.

As much as I dislike the movie, I'm not about to completely blast it like I probably should. Christmas movies can't be judged on the same level as other films. Most of them suck and by comparison to a lot of others, I'll Be Home For Christmas really isn't all that bad. Okay, yes it is, but it should at least entertain the little ones and send them off with a decent enough message; family is more important then material objects.
December 3, 2013
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Melvin White

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Poor with some elements added in, but if you were to take those elements out, then it would be a great film. It was well worth watching, and I recommend it! It's just fun for the whole family to watch during the holidays!
March 10, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

believe it or not, thats not the closest JTT's lips have been to big fuzzy ball
July 23, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

Hilarious Xmas comedy film that I really liked it. Jonathan Taylor Thomas' character did great and funny things by helping people give them good Christmas spirits from California desert to New York when he was stuck wearing a Santa Claus suit and a glue-on white beard.
October 12, 2006
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Dean McKenna

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