A Christmas Story Live! Reviews

May 30, 2018
While writers conceded it covered every important part of the film, it didn't deliver it in the same package - in fact, it might have been presented a little too perfectly.
December 19, 2017
Musical based on classic film is an OK update, but too long.
December 18, 2017
The modest charms of this adaptation shone through only occasionally when bloated to three hours, making even this unapologetic show-tune enthusiast squirm at times, feeling like the kid brother who couldn't face yet another plate of meatloaf.
December 18, 2017
A Christmas Story Live! was solid, but it lacked the kind of emotional resonance that makes people want to see the movie over and over.
December 18, 2017
"A Christmas Story Live!" lacked the feeling of a piece of theater unfolding in front of the audience's eyes in real time, like a slick magic trick.
December 18, 2017
Powerhouse performances.
December 18, 2017
If this live musical craze continues, can I request a follow-up from this same creative team?
December 18, 2017
Packed too densely with needless smarm and excess songs, A Christmas Story Live stretched itself to three precisely executed but tedious hours.
December 18, 2017
It is a risky business turning a near-perfect thing into a somewhat less-perfect thing, but it feels churlish to cavil about so much hard work done in a celebratory spirit.
December 18, 2017
Although the cast is quite appealing and the show well staged (with hardly a hiccup or blooper), it couldn't liven up the flat material. A three-hour runtime made it a slog, and the musical was overstuffed with songs.
December 18, 2017
A Christmas Story is a cute, mildly amusing tale that, it turns out, becomes extremely grating once you add music. At least, once you add this music.
December 18, 2017
A Christmas Story isn't meant to challenge, it's meant to comfort. And as reheated holiday leftovers, A Christmas Story Live! just about hits the spot.
December 18, 2017
Despite an energetic and dynamic production, Fox's A Christmas Story Live was a disappointing three-hour event.
December 18, 2017
This production's chief shortcoming is that it lacks the advantage of instantly recognizable songs and edgy material. But the show's wholesome Middle American pleasures no doubt sparked plenty of smiles, especially for lovers of the source material.