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The Perfect Holiday Reviews

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Fred Topel
Can Magazine
December 16, 2007
There's just no cynicism in this whole story. As if a woman knows how to take a compliment. But this movie allows you to suspend disbelief and buy into a woman who can say thank you.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 12, 2007
The likable cast and the script's low-key humor help, as does Howard's soulful, if fleeting, presence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Whitney Pastorek
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2007
[Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard] may be a draw, but it's too bad no one thought the endearing performances in this charming (if cliché) family romance would be enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nell Minow
December 12, 2007
This sugarplum of a movie is held together with good intentions and paperclips, but its appealing cast and seasonal sweetness make it -- if not the perfect holiday treat, a pleasantly enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday is so modest and good-natured that its flaws are hardly glaring.
Andy Spletzer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 11, 2007
Either you're in the mood for a sweet and simple Christmas movie or you're not. If you are, then Perfect Holiday should fit the bill nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 11, 2007
The messages here are what you'd expect: Love your family. Don't be selfish. Don't tell lies. Have a happy holiday. Christmas doesn't have to be perfect to entertain you. Just like this movie.
Kam Williams
December 8, 2007
Be grateful that Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut have the wherewithal to elevate a mediocre script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
December 1, 2007
Spicing up Christmas with some savvy soul, are tough love story tour guide Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard as her sidekick mute meanie, and devilish duo Katt Williams and Charlie Murphy's J-Jizzy, doing musical bad boys with deliciously nasty glee.
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November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
Love eventually conquers all, as expected, but not before we're forced to sit through a nearly endless parade of clichés, unfunny jokes, and empty drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
July 16, 2008
Christmas fable is cute and tame, but unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 17, 2008
Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard just show up enough in The Perfect Holiday to either pick up a paycheck or return some kind of mysterious unpaid debt to writer-director Lance Rivera.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 9, 2008
"The Perfect Holiday" isn't perfect. But it does contain moments of merriment.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 1, 2008
Bad Santa! No cookie!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 17, 2007
I'd rather watch 90 minutes of a flickering yule log video than sit through this overcooked Christmas goose again.
IGN Movies
December 17, 2007
It's deplorable that these two stars have been reduced to appearing in such garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
December 16, 2007
Perfect Holiday is far from an offensive effort. It's just pathetic and forgettable, and when it comes to Christmas cheer, mediocrity should never be left under the tree.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Rafe Telsch
December 15, 2007
The movie's reach extends beyond it's grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2007
[A] wretched yuletide comedy.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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