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Nothing Like the Holidays Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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There are some standout performances from some young stars on the rise.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 15, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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Harmless, predictable, contrived -- if those are the best things you can say about a movie I think you should definitely skip it.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 15, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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With help from a lively cast and a twist on the formula, it seems fresh and enticing -- like a Christmas present you didn't know you wanted but are delighted to receive.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2008
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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While there may well be nothing like the holidays, there's a lot that is dully familiar about the movie of the same name.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though the turf is well-traveled, the characters' camaraderie and their palpable sense of ethnic pride trumps the predictability and makes for a tale that is pleasantly appealing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Mike Mayo
Washington Post
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The ensemble cast boasts some of the finest actors in the business. They do their best to breathe life into the stereotypes, but they simply don't have enough to work with.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 12, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The whole thing's a little like the meals it spotlights. You know, while you're guiltily indulging, that it's no good for you. But that doesn't keep you from feeling full afterward.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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'God is punishing me,' says the matriarch. Not just you.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

December 12, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Sometimes it's fun to unwrap a present even if you already know what's waiting inside.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2008
Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Rodriguezes are dealing with divorce, a war injury, cancer and even Christmas, but these setbacks are all played for jokes.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's the latest entry in the dysfunctional family holiday genre... that dark blossoming group of films that remind us how thoroughly messed up life is even at special times before concluding that family makes it all worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

December 12, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Beyond the movie's seasonal familiarities of resentment and reconciliation are plenty of sweet-funny details of Latino life.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie's not really interested in originality, though. Instead, it wants to wrap the old seasonal homilies in the warm specifics of time and place and ethnicity. At that, it succeeds.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 12, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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An efficient home-for-Christmas ensemble comedy trimmed with plastic teardrops.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 12, 2008
James Berardinelli
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Like fruitcake, movies like this are ubiquitous at this time of the year but rarely are they devoured with great relish or enthusiasm.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 11, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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There's no shortage of warmth in Nothing Like The Holidays. It also features no shortage of clichés.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 11, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Familiarity is part of the pleasure of holiday movies, and Nothing Like the Holidays gets by not on originality, but on chemistry and warmhearted charm.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Ay Caramba, the holiday season can be difficult enough, but think how much worse it would be if you lived in a family full of movie stereotypes?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The cast, including Luis Guzman and Jay Hernandez, is strong and attractive but ultimately hamstrung by artificial situations and a hackneyed ending.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 11, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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If the conflicts feel warmed over and the resolutions obvious, the performances, particularly those of Rodriguez, Ferlito, Messing and Peña, are so warm and winning that director Alfredo De Villa makes it a tasty entertainment.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2008
Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune
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It's the modest goal of a modest little picture like this--to capture something heartfelt and real, finding anyone doing anything and meaning it, regardless of how patently false the situation seems.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 11, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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There's nothing new under the mistletoe in this warm but generic family-stressing-for-the-holidays dramedy.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

December 11, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To a necessary degree the screenplay by Alison Swan and Rick Najera follows familiar formulas. But then the dialogue, the specifics, and the acting take charge, and the movie becomes funny, sad, corny, romantic, heartfelt, all when it needs to be.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2008
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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Nothing Like the Holidays is vaguely unsatisfying, caught somewhere in the middle between popcorn flick and serious cinema.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2008
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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Nothing Like the Holidays is actually everything like the holidays -- or at least like many holiday films you've seen before.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

December 10, 2008
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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The roles are paper thin, which is too bad considering the talent of the cast. They have all been better. Molina and Leguizamo, in particular, deserve better material.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 10, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The troubles are broad, the plot twists giant, and the performances cheery in this carol to ethnic pride in Chicago's traditionally Latino Humboldt Park.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 10, 2008
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Spruce with superficial ethnic color -- as opposed to intimacy with a specific social reality -- and you've got yourself a real niche-filler.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 9, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Falling somewhere between a telenovela and a sitcom's big holiday show, Nothing Like the Holidays mixes family melodrama with the good cheer of the season, all with a distinct Latin flavor.

December 5, 2008
Brian Lowry
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After getting past the awful title, which evokes images of madcap Christmas mayhem, Nothing Like the Holidays proves a mildly efficient holiday stocking-stuffer, albeit one whose one truly distinctive characteristic is its predominantly Hispanic cast.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 5, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2008
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