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
Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess.
| Original Score: 2/4
You wonder if [director] Meyers was so focused on establishing her main characters as frustrated, lonely and wanting that she forgot about the 'interesting' part.
...The story goes on at untoward length.
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.
Might be considered a decent date movie... but only if guys were allowed to leave their testicles at home.
| Original Score: 6/10
...The surprises would be surprises only if this is, like, your fourth movie ever.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
To list all the contrivances strewn throughout The Holiday would require more words than are warranted by Nancy Meyers's latest batch of cinematic maple syrup.
No formulaic romantic comedy needs to be over 100 minutes, let alone over 130.
| Original Score: C+
Meaningless piece of fluff, though Jude Law will become every woman's dream boyfriend.
The Holiday is a tale of two women, two houses, two love interests -- Jude Law pairs with Cameron Diaz, Jack Black gets lucky with Kate Winslet -- but it's also about movie love.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Dialogue hits the floor like frozen eggnog in writer/director Nancy Meyers' protracted exercise in cliché-mining.
| Original Score: C-
...It's the women who come out the worst in Meyers's sexist worldview, where men are hopeless and women are helpless.
The problem is that happy endings this strident and overextended begin to seem somewhat desperate.
After sitting through 138 minutes viewers may feel they've earned a real holiday.
By the way, Iris and Amanda's online encounter marks the first time in two years that two people spoke online about visiting the other's home and "Dateline NBC's" Chris Hanson wasn't involved.
Meyers gives it an honest shot, but she can't distract from a paint-by-numbers plot just by having us watch it dry.