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Christmas with the Kranks (2004)



Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 123

A mirthless movie as fresh as last year's fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 33

A mirthless movie as fresh as last year's fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity.



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Based on John Grisham's novel Skipping Christmas, Christmas With the Kranks revolves around Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Luther Krank's (Tim Allen) decision to put their normally fanatical enthusiasm for the holidays aside for a tropical cruise. With their daughter in Peru with the Peace Corps, the Kranks believe it just isn't worth it; thus, no presents, Christmas trees, or decorations of any kind will adorn their house to the great consternation of their neighbor Vic (Dan Aykroyd). Just as it



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Nov 8, 2005


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In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but coming on the heels of Surviving Christmas, it's a close second.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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I'm making my list of the worst movies of the year and I'm checking it twice, and I hope to find room for this frantically unfunny disaster.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Hollywood's version of the annual Hallmark Ho-ho-ho card. It's made to order: just slot in the perennial Mr. Santa Claus himself, Tim Allen, and stir.

November 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Purports to kindle the warm glow of love for humankind in our hearts but actually reaffirms that the trappings of the holiday season are all that really matter.

November 27, 2004 Full Review Source:
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Stinks like the unrefrigerated ham its studio sent me as a promotion several months ago.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A leaden whimsy so heavy it threatens to crash through the multiplex floor.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Christmas With The Kranks is the sort of film that leaves you thinking Ebenezer Scrooge might have had the right idea about the festive season.

July 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

A grueling experience.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The notion of bullying people into succumbing into the trappings of Christmas does not necessarily represent goodwill to all, and while the situations present good comic opportunities, the film ends up feeling rather manipulative and sugary.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Some pathetically predictable plot twists and syrupy sentimentality, which could only amuse a five year-old, lead the Kranks back to their materialistic senses in time for a Kodak moment which shouts a rather shallow Merry Capitalism to all!

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Ellsworth American
Ellsworth American

A more sweet than sour satire that sets its sight on nasty but lavishly honey coated underpinnings of the holiday season.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

There is not a single lifelike character in the entire picture.

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

[A] comedy so broad it barely dents its targets and a patronising moral conclusion that goes against everything its protagonists originally stood for.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

It is a perfectly fine, inoffensive family comedy.

May 16, 2005 Full Review Source: MovieWeb | Comments (3)

What better way is there to get into a festive spirit than having it crammed down your throat?

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

...almost had me convinced to convert to Judaism to avoid having to go through anything ever again that even remotely resembles this movie.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

Rotten Eggnog

December 17, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Humbug. American families deserve a better effort than this.

December 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Oh boy. This was a painful experience. Very painful.

December 12, 2004 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

This holiday comedy depicts suburbia as a place where all true individualists are treated with a nastiness not in tune with the Christmas spirit.

December 10, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Makes the colossal mistake of making Luther's obsession seem almost a valid protest against conformity -- then lets the neighbors not only win but claim the moral high ground.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

See Joe Roth's movie and you'll understand the true demeaning of Christmas.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: BBC

Contains momentum-halting continuity errors and clownish antics from hammy performers that will have Santa scribbling furiously on next year's "Naughty" list.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for Christmas with the Kranks

I liked the premise of this film, I think it had huge potential, albeit for an alternative Christmas film. It soon got silly and far-fetched though and gets everything wrong. I expect nothing more from Tim Allen - who actually looks bored throughout, but Jamie Lee Curtis really doesn't do herself any favours with this, the worst performance of her career (although she still has a great rack - thank God she got them out, maybe that was only reason she was cast!?). It actually took away all the Christmas spirit I had in me and made me want to pull down the tree I'd just put up. It actually highlights all that is wrong with Christmas (and dare I say it, America) and confuses community with conformity. I guess we're all going to hell then. Was this really written by John Grisham?
December 12, 2011

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Episode #14: Christmas With the Kranks

Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis' "Christmas With the Kranks" is indeed cliched and predictable. I'm going to tell you the truth...I LIKE THIS MOVIE. You'll probably never hear me say that again to a movie that has 5% on the Tomatometer.

Luther and Laura Krank don't know how to spend Christmas with their daughter, Blair, out of the country. Luther insists Laura that they take a vaction on a 10-day cruise across the Carribean. There's just one thing they have to do...SKIP CHRISTMAS. However when the neighbor's hear of the Krank's plan, they strongly urge them to get back in the Yuletide mood. But they better be quick because Blair is unexpectedly coming home for Christmas with her fiance!

I like this movie because it is funny. Tim Allen can really pull off a Christmas movie. Take the "Santa Clause" movies for an example. Jamie Lee Curtis is also very wackey and hilarious. Dan Ackroyd is funny in the film as well. There are a few children in the film that are poor actors but who cares about them? I DON'T!

"Christmas With the Kranks" is either a like-it or hate-it. But from my perspective, I like it. I always watch this one during Christmas.

"But its not even Saturday night."
December 21, 2010
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This film had a strange effect on me. It was so excruciatingly bad that I turned into an absolute Grinch. Allen was so out of time with his comedic quips, that I had to replay his dialogue in my mind to be sure it was supposed to be a joke. The film has typical holiday mishaps. None of these amount to any classic moments. The first half misses out on doing some excellent parody, as the neighbours increase their creepiness. This would have been a great time to send-up some of the horror greats. Unfortunately, as much effort is put into this film, as the Kranks put into Christmas themselves. It's also hard to feel anything for characters used to giving $600 a year to charities. They are obviously financially well-off, so skipping Christmas doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice. The odd part comes at the very end. A moment of pure Christmas bliss, which is so touching my heart grew three times larger. It made me wonder if the film was supposed to be this bad, for the impact of these last scenes. The genuine concern and sorrow as Allen hears about his neighbour unable to walk across the street is rather moving. This film needed more moments such as this, rather than focusing on the mishaps of putting up decorations, and shopping around this time of year. Been there, done that.
December 12, 2010

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