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Deck the Halls (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 55,414


Movie Info

This family comedy is about one-upmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve, a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Buddy, is Steve's polar opposite: a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But, Buddy's latest dream--to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space--is turning Steve's disciplined … More

PG (for some crude and suggestive humor, and for language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Matt Corman , Chris Ord
In Theaters:
Nov 6, 2007
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Deck the Halls

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (29) | 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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 26, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Deck the Halls] wants to be both naughty and nice, but just ends up feeling deeply confused.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Top Critic

There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws.

Full Review… | November 23, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve.

Full Review… | November 23, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Makes us miss those Home Alone days...

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
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?

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

a bit too faux-humbug for me

Full Review… | March 12, 2008
7M Pictures


Full Review… | October 23, 2007

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

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

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
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

Full Review… | December 19, 2006

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.

Full Review… | December 17, 2006

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

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The lights go off pretty fast on this one.

Full Review… | December 9, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 3, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2006
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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

A movie that is too terrible for words, come on Danny DeVito, get back in the game.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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