The Holiday Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 18, 2006
The Holiday works its magic because Meyers invests time in the characters instead of the scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 14, 2006
Writer-director Nancy Meyers' fluff machine is on overdrive...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
December 14, 2006
A very pretty, safely balanced, sweet and sour film, for some nice bonding time with your other half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 14, 2006
Running away from a broken heart has never been so much fun as in The Holiday, a delightful romantic comedy about love, life and making a change.
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
December 13, 2006
At least 60 percent of this film tries too hard to be as cute as a Christmas puppy and just ends up piddling on the carpet
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
December 13, 2006
A finely polished piece of romantic cinema, with a generosity of spirit so all-encompassing that it's easy to forgive its occasional excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 13, 2006
Saying that Nancy Meyers' The Holiday is the best of the year's Christmas movies to date isn't saying very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
December 13, 2006
We can all figure out where this thing is going but getting there is the prime attraction here.
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 12, 2006
There are bad movies, and then there are Nancy Meyers movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 12, 2006
Myers has established herself as Nora Ephron Lite, which is the same as establishing yourself as white bread without the crust.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
December 11, 2006
Fast food merchandising of the heart.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 11, 2006
Despite the honeyed charms of its female leads, the 138-minute Holiday wears out its welcome ... When Diaz meets Law's cloyingly adorable two girls, it's like choking to death on a saccharine candy cane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 11, 2006
Through its awkward meet-stupids and believable meet-cutes, "The Holiday" rings so many notes of joy that you can't help but like it.
| Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
December 11, 2006
It takes a certain amount of power to convince four talented actors to deliver performances that are shrill and irritating.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
December 11, 2006
The Holiday is too predictable and at 138 minutes way too padded to thoroughly enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
December 9, 2006
Nancy Meyers' trademark thinking comedies always deliver a perceptive perspective on relationships, but this one forgets to be funny too.
Brian Orndorf
December 8, 2006
There's a minute glimmer of joy to be had from this frosty piece of cake, but you have to work awfully hard to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 8, 2006
There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
December 8, 2006
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.
Brett Buckalew
December 8, 2006
There's good news for Jude Law fans. With The Holiday, the actor has taken a sad career song and started to make it better.
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