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Deck the Halls (2006)

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6

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 77

Relying on flat humor and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood.

7

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 26

Relying on flat humor and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood.

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When the spirit of Christmas compels a small-town New Englander to decorate his home with enough lights to make it visible from space, much more is set to be decked than just the halls in this holiday comedy featuring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick as two warring neighbors determined to outdo each other in creating the best lighting display on the planet. Christmas is without question the most wonderful time of the year for Cloverdale, MA optometrist Steve Finch (Broderick). Unfortunately,

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Comedy

Matt Corman, Chris Ord

Nov 6, 2007

$35.1M

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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (77) | DVD (10)

Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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This one follows the depressing pattern of Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks: enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.

December 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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I love the Christmas season, but there are times when I wish it would go away if only to save audiences from horrific experiences like this.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank.

November 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Makes us miss those Home Alone days...

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

The gags land like lumps of coal, but at least the unnatural mounds of fluffy white snow remain unsullied in the dreck.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Ah, another lifeless comedy for the holidays. It's just super to be reminded how mean-spirited and grotesquely commercial the Christmas season can be, isn't it?

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

The distasteful formula is even more sour and ham-handed than usual; Broderick's and DeVito's natural likeability never stands a chance.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

a bit too faux-humbug for me

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

banal

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

When Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito team up for a comedy that can't even deliver one well-oiled joke, that's a big problem.

October 7, 2007 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Even the most dimwitted of kids will see through this poorly made mishmash of every other holiday film.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

What's interesting about typical Hollywood Christmas movies is that regardless of how crass, vulgar, or mean-spirited they may be, by the last scene they will inevitably try to wrap viewers in a blanket of warm seasonal cheer.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

'My stupidity astounds me!' chortles Danny DeVito in Deck the Halls, a line that pretty much sums up this tale of warring neighbours with very different ideas about celebrating Christmas.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

Got any kids who've been naughty this year? Here's their present.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Not that we expect much from a Holiday movie about neighbours competing over Christmas lights (how familiar is that?), but John Whitesell's film is so lacking in any plausible plot that I squirmed in my seat throughout the entire duration of the screening

December 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

seems to have only been greenlit because producers know that families need PG-rated dreck to occupy the kiddies while mom is out shopping for Christmas presents.

December 17, 2006 Full Review

Deck the screenwriter, deck the director--then go and deck your own halls.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The lights go off pretty fast on this one.

December 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Caso você seja diabético(a), cuidado ao assistir a Um Natal Brilhante, pois há um grande risco de vir a sofrer uma hiperglicemia provocada pelo excesso de água-com-açúcar.

December 7, 2006
Cinema em Cena

A few laughs are sprinkled in this equivalent of a lame sitcom holiday episode, but the broad comedy and treacly ending are unlikely to put anyone in the Christmas spirit.

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Watching "Deck the Halls" is like getting a lump of coal in your stocking. Except receiving a lump of coal takes only seconds, while this awful movie goes on for an hour and a half.

December 2, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Deck the Halls

Matthew Broderick must be the most lethargic actors working today. I don't blame him for not caring though, this isn't a film to get passionate about. Danny DeVito's likability is the only thing going for this film that on the whole could have been good if only they hadn't gone completely over the top and stupid with it.
January 4, 2013
SirPant

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Deck the Halls is a very sweet but edgy christmas film thats kept alive by its wonderful cast and witty humour. It's not overly bad as everyone says it is.
January 30, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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the only part i really liked was when he said "jesus!....christ the lord was born" hehe the rest was ok
December 26, 2011
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