The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2012
Edward Burns certainly doles out his fair share of family turmoil, but he admirably doesn't make lunatics out of his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
December 4, 2012
A starchy, flavorless pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 27, 2012
Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
December 5, 2012
A blandly amiable thing, hardly resonant in spite of all the heartache that abounds.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
December 7, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
December 10, 2012
The ensemble cast is mostly agreeable, but the script eventually bogs down amid too many characters and too many contrivances.
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
December 5, 2012
Burns gives a rare picture of another borough, showing the working-class environment he grew up in, and eulogizes: Queens, and even the beaches of Long Island when not in high season.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 5, 2012
As a writer, Mr. Burns has forgotten to make the characters likeable, and there are so many of them you need a diagram to both connect them and tell them apart.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 6, 2012
So little action takes place that really, the setting could just be adjoining couches, with characters shouting affectionate quips and insults at each other.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
December 5, 2012
Burns's job as director is differentiating and spotlighting everyone in this large ensemble, a storytelling challenge to which he responds with a brisk pace and an eye for revealing moments.
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
December 7, 2012
Burns' latest demonstrates the workmanlike skill with which he's produced a new relationship drama every one or two years.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 4, 2012
A holiday drama that depicts the miracle of forgiveness in the midst of a storm of familial conflict and misunderstandings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 8, 2012
The dysfunctional silbling-squabbling delivers diluted holiday cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 20, 2012
[A]chingly lovely... so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful without ever having to touch on the sentimental...
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 6, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 10, 2012
A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 6, 2012
A genuine charmer with appealingly natural performances and the kind of holiday warmth that can't be manufactured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 23, 2012
A terrific holiday movie. Edward Burns' most invigorating, heartfelt picture in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
December 3, 2012
An unpretentiously ingratiating dramedy about members of an Irish-American clan drawn together, whether they want to be or not, for a yuletide celebration.
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