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Surviving Christmas Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

Surviving Christmas is a mediocre ninety-minute sit-com; if you're looking for wit and humor, stay away.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

March 30, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

You'll be lucky if you survive this dumb movie.

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

December 28, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Ben Affleck needs to stop making movies.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Pique on earth and ill will toward men permeate this mirthless comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 5, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 5, 2007
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
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You may not survive watching it.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review

December 30, 2006
Jessica Winter
Time Out
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The moral is that money can indeed buy happiness.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006

Empire Magazine

Despite the talent involved, this fails to raise so much as a smile, let alone laughs and Christmas cheer.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

April 1, 2006
David Cornelius

If you thought the Ron Howard Grinch movie was the worst excuse for a holiday movie in recent memory, then look out: this one's worse.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

January 15, 2005
Matthew Turner

A colossal turkey.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 1/5

December 4, 2004

All that's vaguely funny or Christmassy about this are the sweaty beads of desperation which string together like fairy-lights across Affleck's forehead as he hammers out one lame gag after another.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 1/5

November 30, 2004
Jordan Hiller

Surviving Christmas can't decide whether it wants to be naughty or nice and the end result is a sometime funny story, but with a severe multiple personality disorder .

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5

November 30, 2004
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Affleck gives one of the clammiest, most panicked performances I've ever seen. The movie is drenched in his flop-sweat.

Full Review

November 8, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The premise has potential, as does the casting, but the script is so mind-numbingly lazy that it insults its audience at every turn.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 1/5

November 7, 2004
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

With the release of this wretched film, star Ben Affleck takes one more ragged step in what seems his death march from leading man to celebrity game show guest.

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

November 5, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Easily the worst Christmas movie of all time, and a surefire contender for the worst film of 2004.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: .5/4

November 2, 2004
James Rocchi

Ben Affleck's Christmas "comedy" is a misfire under the mistletoe, even with a germ of a classic tale hidden under the ugly wrapping.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

November 1, 2004
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

Affleck may finally have found a use for his obnoxious personality, because Drew is amazingly annoying.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1/5

October 30, 2004
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

The desperation apparent in Affleck's bug-eyed attempts at whimsy may be the most uncomfortable aspect of Surviving Christmas.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 30, 2004
Eric D. Snider

Can't decide whether it wants to be dark or merry, and it bungles nearly every attempt at doing either.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D-

October 30, 2004
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