Home for the Holidays

Critics Consensus

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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In this affectionate comedy, an eccentric extended family members gathers for their annual Thanksgiving feast and bring with them their many problems and personal quirks. Claudia flies from Chicago to Boston to visit her parents for the holidays, who immediately start treating her like a child.

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Holly Hunter
as Claudia Larson
Robert Downey Jr.
as Tommy Larson
Anne Bancroft
as Adele Larson
Charles Durning
as Henry Larson
Cynthia Stevenson
as Joanne Wedman
Steve Guttenberg
as Walter Wedman
Emily Ann Lloyd
as Brittany Lace
Zack Duhame
as Walter Jr.
Austin Pendleton
as Peter Arnold
David Strathairn
as Russell Terziak
Amy Yasbeck
as Ginny Johnson Drewer
James Lecesne
as Ron Drewer
Angela Paton
as Woman on Airplane
Randy Stone
as Man In Car
Susan Lyall
as Woman at Party
Shawn Hatosy
as Counter Boy
Nat Benchley
as Airport Cop
Molly Austin
as Woman on Airport Phone
Vivienne Shub
as Woman No.2 on Airport Phone
Julie Ann Mendez
as Woman No.3 on Airport Phone
Johnny Tonini
as Young Henry
Eva Langsdorf
as Young Adele
Wilder Ferguson
as Young Glady
Stephanie Francoz
as Young Claudia
Blake Hovespian
as Young Tommy
Natasha Stanton
as Young Joanne
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Critic Reviews for Home for the Holidays

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13)

  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: B

    Emanuel Levy

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

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.

    May 12, 2001
  • Foster and Richter, of course, want to do more than make audiences laugh; they want us to be touched by their characters' humanity and take an interest in a budding romance, but that rarely is the case.

    Feb 13, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | 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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