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Four Christmases (2008)

tomatometer

25

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 107

Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.

15

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.

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48

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation--and unable to escape--they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts the hours to when he

PG-13,

Comedy

Matt Allen, Caleb Wilson

Nov 24, 2009

$120.1M

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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (107) | DVD (5)

This is marginally better than most, with a few offbeat comic ideas, a reliably droll performance from Vaughn, and, as the parents, four watchable old troupers in search of a fat paycheck.

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Gordon's stars are charmless, his script cheerless, and his sterling supporting cast can't seem to figure out what they've been brought on board to do.

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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Didn't quite get over the hump.

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Oh, the hilarity of hating your family at the holidays.

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
At the Movies
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Seems intent on being as generic and lowbrow as possible, with broad slapstick emphasized over witty dialogue or interesting characters.

November 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Four Christmases is refreshingly tart and lean, forgoing the usual schmaltz and syrup of the season.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (4)
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About as predictable as socks under the tree.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's too sparse in the comedy to be really successful--every good joke is in the commercials--but it's got some heart and that counts for something.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Maybe if Four Christmases had extended itself beyond white trash targets and projectile vomiting, we could've been talking about a new Christmas classic right now.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Movie-goers heading to see the romantic comedy Four Christmases might want comedy, Christmas cheer and chemistry, but nobody gets everything on his wish list.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

How many Academy Award winners can a studio put in one cast and still turn out a bad movie?

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Although not a yuletide classic, Four Christmases is better than most of the holiday-oriented slop put out in recent years.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

For all of its snarky holiday/family bashing, Four Christmases wimps out in the third act and reaffirms all the traditional values it affects to mock.

March 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

Maybe catch one of the other hundred holiday films to be offered over the next few weeks and wait for Four Christmases to come to your local Red Box.

January 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Grows tired long before the end credits start rolling at the 80-minute mark.

December 27, 2008 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

There is no spark to the humor, there is no warmth to the drama. There is a tired plot that whips the essence of every Christmas movie ever made into a dreary slog

December 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Feels like they wanted to make 5 different holiday movies and couldn't decide which plot line was best, so they rolled them all together, glossing over everything.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Projectile baby vomiting is a recurring gag. I cried mistletoe well before the film was halfway through.

December 12, 2008 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

Feels both too cluttered and too safe.

December 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

You can see most of the big slapstick set-pieces looming long before they hit but there are a few smaller routines that pack a punch just because they have an unexpectedly manic tilt to them.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

An embarassment for all involved.

December 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Four Christmases boasts one of the most impressive casts ever assembled to make a movie that is, at best, only mildly amusing.

December 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

A good start to the holiday season.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comments (3)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Filled with 'hilarious' scenes of people being vomited on and falling off roofs, Four Holidays tries to meld nasty, black-hued comedy with warm sentiment, resulting in a sick melange of treacle and malice.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comment (1)
FILMINK (Australia)

An imperfect storm of horrible writing, awkward casting and questionable taste gathers soon after the opening credits and dumps downpours of buzz-killing humour at depressingly regular intervals.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Four Christmases

Where is the message? What has it got to do with Christmas? What were the makers trying to achieve? How long is a Californian day? These questions and disappointment are pretty much all you are left with after viewing this 'Christmas' film. Very few redeeming features.
January 3, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Good rom com about a perfect couple who enjoy spending time with each other and not their families. They both come from broken divorced families and are forced to spend Christmas with each family member when their flight to Fiji is cancelled. Good cast and storyline.
December 26, 2012
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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This actually isn't too bad, I thought it would be a horrible mess of cuddly, kissing family fun but its quite dark in places and pretty funny in others. Its not GREAT but its certainly one of Mr Vaughan's better films recently, Witherspoon is just annoying as usual.

It starts off well when they both visit Robert Duvall (Vaughan's dad) and wreck the house, then the next stop after that where Vaughan's old school buddy is screwing his mum LOL! probably the best scenes are there. The third stop at Witherspoons mum is also good, where all the women in the house (granny n all) seem to be sexually active towards Vaughan hahahaha

After that it does go down hill fast and very predictable towards the soft cuddly ending, shame cos it really kicks off as a 'National Lampoon' style fun film....not bad stuff.
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A bit of a laugh but way too predictable and nothing special.
December 26, 2011
StarCrossedVoyager

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    1. Howard: Your grandmother's boyfriend is a first class ass sniffer! And you can tell him that I said so.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Brad: I'm sorry, I didn't know there was a ten dollar spending cap.
    2. Howard: Well, maybe if you came home more than once a decade, you'd know crap like that!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Brad: My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Darryl: Look, Brad, I'm not trying to be your father, you already got one of those. I'm just hoping for a chance to be your friend.
    2. Brad: You were my friend, Darryl. You were my best friend. We grew up together, we rode bikes together, we used to smell each other's hands. But now you're sleeping with my mom and it's a little bit weird for me. Can you appreciate that?
    3. Darryl: I never had a sexual thought of your mom until I was thirty.
    4. Brad: Can you leave it alone? You can't be my friend anymore. You can't be sleeping with my mom and still be my friend, okay?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Howard: Boys, I don't wanna speak ill of your mother on Christmas, but she's nothing but a common street whore.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
    1. Connor: Do you know who I am?
    2. Brad: What?
    3. Connor: Google me bitch! I might be famous one day.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 months ago)
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