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The Holiday (2006)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 72

The Holiday, while sweet and somewhat touching, lacks any surprises and eventually overstays its welcome.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 20

The Holiday, while sweet and somewhat touching, lacks any surprises and eventually overstays its welcome.



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Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming


Comedy, Romance

Nancy Meyers

Mar 13, 2007


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All Critics (135) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (72) | DVD (14)

A leisurely feelgood rom-com.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The characters pace and putter around in the story like animals building their nests, and by the time they finally settle down with their mates, we have a grudging affection for them.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate
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...The story goes on at untoward length.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comment (1)
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...The surprises would be surprises only if this is, like, your fourth movie ever.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
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Like her near namesake, Meyers has quite a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A reminder to all producers: alluding to iconic romantic comedies in a bid for legitimacy can be a dangerous game, even when you have appealing stars.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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Patronizing antimatter

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Dialogue hits the floor like frozen eggnog in writer/director Nancy Meyers' protracted exercise in cliché-mining.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source:

My reaction to The Holiday was no different from my reaction to Meyers' other pieces. It's cute enough, the atmosphere is sufficiently romantic comedy-like, but somehow, for some reason, I just don't bond with it.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

As a voracious consumer of chick media (I like alien shoot 'em ups too!), I tell you that the story arc is extremely surprising & delightful, and that you fellas can feel safe watching this as well.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina

No amount of ironic gift wrapping can conceal the triteness within, in this double-plotted festive chick flick that is too long by half, and too cloyingly sweet to be healthy.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)

About as far removed from burning your bra as you can get. Too much of this chick flick feels like work, with the unfortunately long running time sandbagging it with a kind of cinematic jet lag.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

a warm, charming, extremely clever and often hilarious romantic comedy that will be a sure-fire date movie for any guy looking to please his significant other

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

Meyers gives it an honest shot, but she can't distract from a paint-by-numbers plot just by having us watch it dry.

February 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeler | Comment (1)

Because everyone is rich and in love, you can see the happy ending coming a mile away, but with a film like this, it's the journey that's important and not the destination.

January 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

Sweet, sentimental and sickly.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A lot of ideas are circulating and the characters have taken hold of our emotions. If only Meyers had taken the quickest way there, it would be a much better movie.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The Holiday's redeeming feature (and it's a considerable one) is the 91-year-old Eli Wallach's astute and endearing performance.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian

The movie clocks in at just under two and a half hours, so the staying-awake part may be a challenge for some, but not one scene in the film feels extraneous or doesn't serve to tell the story.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source:

Watchable, but overly long and ultimately disappointing romcom, despite spirited performances and the occasional sparkly moment.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This romantic comedy ends up feeling soggy, syrupy and so bloating it'll put you to sleep before the pudding's done.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

An entertaining romp that succeeds on a level of pure escapism.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Nancy Meyers é uma diretora medíocre e uma escritora sem talento.

December 21, 2006
Cinema em Cena

The Holiday pretends its happy endings are premised on the women realizing their capacities as leading ladies. Really, what they're doing is finding the "right" men, not quite the same as finding "gumption."

December 21, 2006 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for The Holiday

As chick flicks go, it's not bad. The leading men are all pretty ugh, so it's nothing to leave you drooling over, but I liked Kate Winslet's Iris, and the nice story with her and the old man next door. The English town looks beautiful too, and her little cottage.
The story gets a bit convenient right at the end and the logistics I can't even imagine, but it's all happy music and fade out by then, so I don't expect we are expected to think how the hell these relationships would ever work out.
Nice little story and a few laughs. Cameron Diaz is good also, although I didn't love her character.
August 18, 2012

Super Reviewer

Despite initial reservations about any romantic comedy, especially one comprising Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, I was pleasantly and gladly surprised by this light humoured, touching film, directed and written by Nancy Meyer.

Telling the story of two women who swap houses, one in Britain, one in the US, to escape love and men, they eventually find themselves falling in love with those closet to the woman's house they are living in.

The plot itself is simple. So simple, that any average filmgoer will work out the ending before they have finished reading the blurb on the back of the DVD case. But despite this, "The Holiday" combines a touching, and although the phrase is perhaps the most over-used and cheesy, "heart-warming" event.

The script is nothing clever, and the camera work is average. The acting is as expected and the humour silly and a times embarrassing for the viewer. Despite all this, throughout the film, you feel yourself slowing growing more attached to the characters, even though, in my personal case, I didn't want to.

Jack Black is perhaps the funniest of the four. His good acting skills are often forgotten amongst his other starring roles as pandas, but his chemistry with Kate Winslet is excellent, and although he plays himself, as always he plays it very well.

It would be silly to say that there is anything special about "The Holiday" but, unlike the majority of rom-coms, it does have a special quality. A quality which sets it above the rest, as the audience connect with all of the characters in a unique and individual way, whilst enjoying the kind, gentle, but nice and touching story which "The Holiday" delivers.
April 12, 2012
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

Two women are fed up with the men in their lives. They decide to swap homes and lives for the Christmas holidays. Cameron moves to London and Kate moves to Los Angeles. When they least expect it they meet their perfect match on the other side of the world. Good rom com. I love Cameron and Kate as I think they are great actresses. I don't really like Jude or Jack as actors but their characters are okay in this movie.
December 25, 2011
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Jack Black surprised me at how terrible he could make his humor. THE HOLIDAY was not one of the romcoms that I like.
September 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Iris: Jasper--- Oh, wait, I need the lights on. [turns on a lamp] Jasper, you have never treated me right, ever!
    2. Jasper: Oh, bab---
    3. Iris: Shush! You broke my heart and you acted like it was somehow my fault, my misunderstanding, and I was too in love with you to ever be mad at you, so I just punished myself! For years! But you waltzing in here on my lovely Christmas holiday and telling me that you don't want to lose me whilst you're about to get MARRIED! Somehow newly entitles me to say, "It's over!" This-this-this twisted toxic thing between us! It's finally finished! I'm miraculously done being in love with you! Ha! I've got a life to start living, and you're not going to be in it!
    4. Jasper: Darling---
    5. Iris: Now I've got somewhere really important to be and you have got to get the hell out! [opens door] Now!
    6. Jasper: What exactly has gotten in to you?
    7. Iris: I don't know [pushes jasper out the door] but I think what I've got is something resembling, Gumption! [slams door shut]
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Iris: And I have willingly in loved that man, for over three miserable years. The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmases the worst birthdays! New Year's Eve brought in by tears and Valium. These years that I've been in love have been the darkest days of my life! All because I've been cursed by being in love with a man who does not, and will not, love me back. Oh God, Just the sight of him; heart pounding, throat thickening, absolutely can't swallow. All the usual symptoms.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Iris: I have found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said, 'Journey's end in lover's meeting.' Oh, what an extraordinary through. Personally I have not experience anything remotely close that, but I'm more then willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose i think about love more than anyone ever should. I'm constantly amazed by it's sheer power to alter and define out lives. It was also Shakespeare who said, "Love is blind." Now that is something I know to be true. For some, quite inexplicably, love fades. For others, love is simply lost. But then of course, love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then there is another kind of love, the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. It's called 'Unrequited Love'. Of that, I am an expert. Most love stories about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories? Those of us who fall in love alone. We are the victims of the one-sided affairs. We are the cursed of the loved ones; we are 'un-loved' ones. The walking wounded. The handicap without the advancement of a great parking spot. Yes, you are looking at one such individual.
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Amanda: I'm Amanda. Loner, loser and complicated wreck!
    – Submitted by Maria S (2 years ago)
    1. Miles: Iris, if you were a melody... I used only the good notes.
    – Submitted by Maria S (2 years ago)
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