The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 25
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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 6
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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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With THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights", "Nashville"), and Michael McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (LITTLE CHILDREN, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS), Kerry Bishé (ARGO, RED STATE) and Caitlin FitzGerald (DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, NEWLYWEDS) Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, THE
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Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue.
These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them.
Burns remains an agreeable presence throughout, and the emotions mostly ring true, even if the comic elements feel overly broad and individual episodes are hit-and-miss.
A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy.
Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem.
Manages the considerable feat of interweaving the personal dramas of nine members of a boisterous Irish-American clan into a coherent mosaic with a streamlined narrative drive.
[A]chingly lovely... so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful without ever having to touch on the sentimental...
The ensemble cast is mostly agreeable, but the script eventually bogs down amid too many characters and too many contrivances.
Burns' latest demonstrates the workmanlike skill with which he's produced a new relationship drama every one or two years.
A fertile battlefield of sibling discontent and parental resentment, creating a prickly but inviting familial atmosphere that offers enough variation in woe to ease the script out of its occasional dalliance with clumsy melodrama.
Audience Reviews for The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
- Nora: There's gotta be another train...
- Gerry Fitzgerald: Not tonight.
- Jim Fitzgerald: I had no intention of breaking this family up!
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