What We Did on Our Holiday (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

What We Did on Our Holiday (2015)



Critic Consensus: Witty and well-cast, What We Did on Our Holiday injects unlikely laughs into a story dealing with dark, difficult themes.

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Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue - hilarious and emotional in equal measure - the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some thematic elements and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 6, 2015
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Celia Imrie
as Agnes Chisolm
Lewis Davie
as Kenneth
Ralph Riach
as Jimmy Cazzarotto
Ron Donachie
as Sgt. Murdoch
Ben Presley
as PC McLuhan
Maeve McCrorie
as Girl Violinist
Kirstin Murray
as Police Spokesperson
Imogen Toner
as Beth Williams
Alexia Barlier
as Françoise Dupré
Eben Young
as Brent Howard
Sadao Ueda
as Akira Kato
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Critic Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (7)

Do we want to spend 95 minutes of our summer holiday watching a film about a young, squabbling, dysfunctional British family on a sham trip? Yes, we do.

Full Review… | July 13, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A damp-eyed comedy whose banal title isn't the only thing needing improvement.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Underfoot is a cast of young kids given too many cutesy moments and one-liners. In the middle of it all are actors like Rosamund Pike and David Tennant.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

There are a few amusing moments and flashes of charm but this Holiday is an uneven trip, with underwritten adult characters and a strange third act involving a poke at misguided social services.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

What We Did On Our Holiday sets up a sturdy comic scenario and then proceeds to head in another direction altogether-one that's nearly impossible to anticipate, making the film much more of a goofy delight than would have seemed likely at the outset.

Full Review… | July 9, 2015
AV Club
Top Critic

Jones and Connolly have terrific chemistry, particularly as Lottie works through the fact that adults encourage dishonesty and lying when it suits their own needs, and that secrets are more pervasive than openness.

Full Review… | July 7, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What We Did on Our Holiday

It was okay. The tone is very similar to the Outnumbered series even down to the three kids, but it isn't as good once they get to Scotland and the grandfather storyline. Meh. I'll acknowledge I am not the target audience.
It's nice and plods along with some small smiles, but it wasn't really one for me.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


With adorable innocence, the children freely charm their way through the antagonistisms of the adults.

Bradley Williamson

Come for David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, stay for the kids. Don't get me wrong, Tennant and Pike are lovely in this movie, but the three actors playing their kids (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, and Harriet Turnbull) steal the show. Smalldridge and Turnbull are right in that kids say the damndest things stage, to absolutely hilarious results. Jones shows an acting maturity far beyond her age, playing the oldest, and most insecure, of the kids. And having Billy Connolly around as the grandpa is never a bad idea. Honestly, I think this may be one of my favorite "dysfunctional family" movies I've seen in quite some time. I would be laughing out loud one scene, crying (like gross tears streaming down my face crying) in the next scene, and then laughing again. Also, having the Scottish countryside as the setting led to some really pretty shots. Overall, this is a really honest portrayal of growing up and growing old and I would have absolutely no problem watching it again.

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