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A Christmas Story Reviews

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Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 30, 2015
It's a nostalgic comedy featuring a family of eccentrics who lovingly celebrate the holidays and life itself in Midwestern America in the 1940s.
David Keyes
December 30, 2013
It takes pause to recognize the collective good nature we owe to one another all year round, and pays that knowledge forward with charm and wistfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 29, 2013
Never boring, and holds up wonderfully to repeated viewings.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 4, 2013
It has a warmth and humor that soar with the season.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2013
[A] richly remembered tale of Christmas past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 4, 2013
It won't make anyone forget Miracle on 34th Street, but this is pleasant fare as far as holiday films go nowadays, which isn't very far.
Sue Heal
Radio Times
December 4, 2013
This witty, insightful, hugely enjoyable movie is riven with glorious home truths and a merciful lack of saccharin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
November 18, 2013
An underlying sweetness keeps the cynicism from getting out of hand, while the more subversive moments help temper its saccharine tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 5, 2012
Shepherd provides the voice-over of the grown hero narrating, and his prominence on the sound track forces Clark to focus on visual humor, resulting in some wild Our Gang-style slapstick.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Wonderful antidote to saccharine holiday tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
This great heartwarming comedy from the director of Porky's was a flop during its theatrical run, but, like It's a Wonderful Life, has become a staple on cable during the holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
June 10, 2008
If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Don Peretta
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Delightfully entertaining, with a wryly amusing narration to keep the adults in the audience smirking.
Chuck O'Leary
February 20, 2006
Funny, touching and unabashedly nostalgic. A true classic.
| Original Score: 9/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 12, 2005
A great Hollywood classic!
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Upon its release over 20 years ago, everyone realized THIS is a modern classic holiday film.
| Original Score: A+
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 5, 2004
The vignettes are priceless.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
December 26, 2003
With much affectionate humor, A Christmas Story recalls vividly what it was like to be a kid at Christmas in a more innocent era.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 24, 2003
Never fails to take me back to a place of welcomed innocence yet it doesn't make me wish I were back there.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 4, 2003
[It has] emerged over the past two decades as second only to It's a Wonderful Life as the definitive Christmas flick.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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