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This Christmas (2007)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 37

This Christmas features strong performances and a sharp portrayal of family dynamics, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 12

This Christmas features strong performances and a sharp portrayal of family dynamics, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés.



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Upon gathering together under one roof for the first time in seven years, an estranged family celebrating Christmas rediscovers long-forgotten bonds in this holiday family reunion drama starring Delroy Lindo, Regina King, and Mekhi Phifer. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi



Preston A. Whitmore

Nov 11, 2008


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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (37) | DVD (7)

o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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This is good-natured, determinedly aspirational African-American entertainment, but did it have to be quite so heavy on the clichés?

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I could actually see this becoming kind of a minor perennial during the holidays.

November 27, 2007
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If the real-life Christmas experience tends too often to be marred by the rude contradiction between expectations and reality, movies like the ultra-bland holiday family movie This Christmas are at least partly to blame.

November 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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An incoherent mess in which scenes of teary reconciliations sit uncomfortably next to protracted gags involving catfights, car wrecks and a big bottle of baby oil.

November 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Like sock-it-to-me cake ruined by too much sugar, This Christmas is cloying empty calories.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Easily the best film of its genre since 'Soul Food' and definitely makes for a excellent holiday season treat.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

A happy Christmas package that more or less ignores the fact that it's a black American family story

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Family holiday dramedy has some iffy content.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If you're looking for a film that celebrates the holiday spirit, This Christmas would be my first suggestion because it's heartfelt and not too sweet.

January 2, 2008 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Here's a family you'll want to visit for the holidays. Maybe you'll event want to stay through New Year's.

December 11, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

...there's a genuine feeling of a real family's real Christmas, with all its heat as well as warmth, the kind of thing that's missing from the plastic platitudes of holiday junk like Fred Claus...

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

While formula is still the same, it's quite amusing, romantic, and a delightful holiday treat for a family to enjoy.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source:

This is a very entertaining movie, despite all the inplausablities, and doesn't get down to the insipidness of most Holiday family outings.

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

If you like schmaltzy, music-saturated family movies, This Christmas will set all the right bells jingling.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

"Destined to become a Yuletide classic, " claim the press notes. Well, they do say Christmas is a time for dreaming.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

A strong wire netting will keep out unwanted super-soaps such as the first, in which a black family in LA proves that being Afro-American is no inoculation against outbreaks of schmaltz and piety.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

It's laboured and obvious, and not even a Yuletide movie: Christmas is little more than a device to bring the family back under one roof. Still, its plot is as overstuffed as any turkey.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's formulaic and corny as hell, but a top-notch cast keep this festive family drama believable - just.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

The clumsy dialogue is so busy explaining the back stories that it doesn't have time for decent one-liners.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Like discovering a family pet mutilated under the mistletoe, this second Christmas offering does its damnedest to suck all joy out of the festive season.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

No Christmas cracker but a likable holiday movie, This Christmas is full of seasonal cheer, some witty banter and a raft of enthusiastic performances from its high-spirited cast.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Goodwill be stuffed - this is about as appetising as a plateful of reheated sprouts.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Don't expect realism from this frothy little number, but do expect a bit of heart-warming cheer courtesy of romantic unions, overcome prejudices, reconciled enemies and general peace and understanding.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source:

The kind of 14-pound turkey you can only excuse at Christmas.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Audience Reviews for This Christmas

It was okay for a Christmas movie. Gets a bit sentimental at the end, but I think that's true of most for this genre. On the whole I enjoyed it and it was nice to see a Christmas movie focusing on an African American family.
The one thing that really bothered me and is the reason i took a half star off my rating, is because of the baby oil beating scene. Yes, I got that the husband was a liar and sleaze and had been treating his wife like crap for years, but that was really pretty bad. If it had have been the husband doing that to the wife, I don't think it would have been portrayed in a humorous light. Beating is still beating, it is wrong whoever does it.
Anyhow, that small issue aside, this was an enjoyable movie, good to watch at Christmas time. Likeable cast and some laughs and dysfunction mixed in with the cheese.
April 20, 2011

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Too much Family Drama Movie for me.
December 11, 2009
Wahida K

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Just to watch when you got nothing to do else, it was an ok movie nothing big. A Christmas time drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years
December 11, 2008
Manu Gino

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This is one soulful and incredible "home for the holidays" family movie. This particular family the Whitfields have had their ups and downs and have returned home for the holidays after 4 years. Join them as they get ready to celebrate the joy of the holiday season.
December 6, 2008

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