• PG-13, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Edward Burns
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 5, 2013
  • Tribeca Film


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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Reviews

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Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

Edward Burns certainly doles out his fair share of family turmoil, but he admirably doesn't make lunatics out of his characters.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 2, 2012
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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A starchy, flavorless pudding.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2012
William Goss
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A blandly amiable thing, hardly resonant in spite of all the heartache that abounds.

Full Review Source: Film.com

December 5, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

December 7, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The ensemble cast is mostly agreeable, but the script eventually bogs down amid too many characters and too many contrivances.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

December 10, 2012
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 5, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 5, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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So little action takes place that really, the setting could just be adjoining couches, with characters shouting affectionate quips and insults at each other.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 6, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 5, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

Burns' latest demonstrates the workmanlike skill with which he's produced a new relationship drama every one or two years.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.2/10

December 7, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B+

December 6, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A holiday drama that depicts the miracle of forgiveness in the midst of a storm of familial conflict and misunderstandings.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 4, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

The dysfunctional silbling-squabbling delivers diluted holiday cheer.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 6/10

December 8, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A]chingly lovely... so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful without ever having to touch on the sentimental...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 20, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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A genuine charmer with appealingly natural performances and the kind of holiday warmth that can't be manufactured.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A terrific holiday movie. Edward Burns' most invigorating, heartfelt picture in years.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

November 23, 2012
Joe Leydon
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An unpretentiously ingratiating dramedy about members of an Irish-American clan drawn together, whether they want to be or not, for a yuletide celebration.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 3, 2012
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