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The Perfect Holiday Reviews

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November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2007
[A] wretched yuletide comedy.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
December 14, 2007
If tickets to this yuletide dreck are hiding in your stocking, you'd be better off with a lump of coal.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family.
| Original Score: D+
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
December 12, 2007
Despite the flabby direction and uninspired plot, The Perfect Holiday almost works because Chestnut and Union are an attractive couple and you want them to get together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 12, 2007
Jovial and junky as all get out, The Perfect Holiday is about what you'd expect from a holiday comedy daring to put 'perfect' in its title. As in anything but.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday, as many a holiday movie before it, meticulously goes through the motions, but never quite finds the magic of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 12, 2007
[The script] hasn't been written as much as stamped out like so many cheap Christmas knickknacks that will be on the clearance shelf come Dec. 26.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday, directed by Lance Rivera, is that most dispiriting product, a formulaic movie that doesn't believe in itself.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 12, 2007
The cold void of January can't come fast enough if it means an end to releases like The Perfect Holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 12, 2007
It's a shame that Gabrielle Union can't get better scripts than this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mekeisha Madden Toby
Detroit News
December 12, 2007
The sparks that [Union and Chestnut] ignite onscreen cannot save the disjointed mess of a film that is The Perfect Holiday.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 12, 2007
Dear Santa: Please leave better scripts under her Christmas tree.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 12, 2007
There's not much original about the film, but it's played with high spirits and good cheer, there are lots of musical interludes, and it's pitched straight at families.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2007
For fans of lousy seasonal cheer, Dec. 25 comes early.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 12, 2007
The Perfect Holiday is so modest and good-natured that its flaws are hardly glaring.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 12, 2007
Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard act as commentators, nudging the contrivances this way and that.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 11, 2007
In the annals of Noel films so wincingly, gratingly, insultingly bad that a lump of coal would be vastly preferable, The Perfect Holiday ranks alongside Surviving Christmas for sheer unwatchability.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 11, 2007
Ostensibly a Christmastime comedy about romance, The Perfect Holiday manages to be none of the above.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
December 11, 2007
The actors distinguish themselves mainly by their ability to make the material, directed and co-written by Lance Rivera, seem even more painfully awkward and unfunny than it already is -- which is very.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 7, 2007
There's not a single scene in Holiday that doesn't feel like it was copied from any number of other cookie-cutter rom coms, Christmas-themed or otherwise.
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John Anderson
Variety
December 6, 2007
There's a lot of sap in this Christmas tree.