Home for the Holidays

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Much like a real-life visit Home for the Holidays, this Thanksgiving-set dramedy can get a little bumpy -- but it also has its share of fondly memorable moments.

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When her teenage daughter opts out of Thanksgiving, single mother Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) travels alone to her childhood home for an explosive holiday dinner with her dysfunctional family. Claudia quickly tires of her parents, her long-suffering sister (Cynthia Stevenson), her snobby brother-in-law (Steve Guttenberg) and her nutty aunt (Geraldine Chaplin). But the evening gets interesting when sparks fly between Claudia and her brother's handsome friend Leo Fish (Dylan McDermott).

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (18)

  • Single mom Holly Hunter is fired from her job at a Chicago museum on the very day she is due to fly back to Baltimore to cope with nutty parents, loony aunt, wacky gay brother and boring sister. That's it -- that's the plot. Read it and weep.

    November 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Foster's second directorial effort is a vividly drawn if too episodic portrait of an eccentric family, well acted by the entire cast, especially Holly Hunter and Robery Downey Jr.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: B

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
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  • A modest film (in every sense) which pushes the gags too hard.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Spirited but uneven.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing.

    June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Home for the Holidays

  • Nov 04, 2017
    In its best scenes, the movie demands that at certain point we have to accept our families as they are (even if we still need to walk away). So its just too bad that the bulk of the second half is focused on getting Holly Hunter a man rather than diving deeper into it's messy characters.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    All I can say is, I hope The Beaver is better than this mess.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2010
    This film is a perfect mix of comedy and drama, it draws you in with its sarcastic humor and keeps you hooked with its poignancy. If you like indies with a meandering storylines, then you'll love it. The acting holds together what might have been overlong scenes.
    Laura C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2009
    A really good holiday movie. It's not corny or childish, actually I was really surprised at how good it was. Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. were both great and the story was well executed and really funny.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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