Christmas With the Kranks Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Richard Luck
Film4
July 20, 2009
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A grueling experience.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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.
Kam Williams
Ellsworth American
June 1, 2007
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!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
February 8, 2007
A more sweet than sour satire that sets its sight on nasty but lavishly honey coated underpinnings of the holiday season.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 6, 2007
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
There is not a single lifelike character in the entire picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
[A] comedy so broad it barely dents its targets and a patronising moral conclusion that goes against everything its protagonists originally stood for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.
Fred Topel
MovieWeb
May 16, 2005
It is a perfectly fine, inoffensive family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
April 13, 2005
What better way is there to get into a festive spirit than having it crammed down your throat?
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
April 1, 2005
...almost had me convinced to convert to Judaism to avoid having to go through anything ever again that even remotely resembles this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
December 17, 2004
Rotten Eggnog
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 15, 2004
Humbug. American families deserve a better effort than this.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 12, 2004
Oh boy. This was a painful experience. Very painful.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 10, 2004
This holiday comedy depicts suburbia as a place where all true individualists are treated with a nastiness not in tune with the Christmas spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
December 8, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Neil Smith
BBC.com
December 7, 2004
See Joe Roth's movie and you'll understand the true demeaning of Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
December 7, 2004
Contains momentum-halting continuity errors and clownish antics from hammy performers that will have Santa scribbling furiously on next year's "Naughty" list.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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