• PG, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Joe Roth
    In Theaters:
    Nov 24, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 8, 2005
  • Sony Pictures


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Christmas with the Kranks Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

February 8, 2007
Fred Topel

It is a perfectly fine, inoffensive family comedy.

Full Review Source: MovieWeb | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2005
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

You'd have to be a Scrooge not to crack a smile during this feature.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2004
Glen Bucher

It probably will not be your favorite Christmas movie of all times, but it is a good family outing.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

November 26, 2004
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

Christmas with the Kranks finds a comfortable balance between hilarious and heartwarming. It's the best of both worlds and a pleasant surprise to find under the cineplex tree.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 25, 2004
Scott Foundas
Top Critic IconTop Critic

An agreeable, if snowflake-thin stocking stuffer faithfully adapted from John Grisham's 2001 bestseller Skipping Christmas.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 23, 2004
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It's silly and cute, consistently hitting just the right comedic note.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2004
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2010
Richard Luck

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 20, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A grueling experience.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Kam Williams
Ellsworth American

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 Source: Ellsworth American | Original Score: 0/4

June 1, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 6, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 0/4

May 26, 2006
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

[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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

April 1, 2006
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: F

April 13, 2005
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies

...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 Source: Freeze Dried Movies | Original Score: 1/5

April 1, 2005
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Rotten Eggnog

Full Review | Original Score: C-

December 17, 2004
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Humbug. American families deserve a better effort than this.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: C

December 15, 2004
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