A Very Murray Christmas

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A Very Murray Christmas preaches effectively to the converted with a parade of superstar guests and hummable songs that - combined with the host's trademark presence - adds up to a unique holiday experience.



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  • This is the show at its best, effectively balancing wry humor with a straightforward affection for the Christmas songbook (the regular one, not some hipster alt-holiday universe version).

    Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's beautiful and haunting and and commercial and confusing and cringe-worthy. So maybe it's also Christmas.

    Jul 22, 2016 | Full Review…
  • When everyone's gathering around the piano to sing The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York", or when Coppola's filming Murray looking out over a beautifully chilly city on Christmas morning, well - that sweetness ain't artificial.

    Dec 9, 2015
  • We have A Very Murray Christmas, and at the very least there are certainly worse ways to spend 56 minutes on a wint'ry December evening than watching it.

    Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A Very Murray Christmas is an unexpectedly tender little TV jewel from the man who built his early career on being a wisecracking cynic.

    Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…

    David Bianculli

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  • A Very Murray Christmas is so much of what Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola fans would expect it to be that it's almost perfect.

    Dec 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Very Murray Christmas

  • Dec 22, 2016
    With the exception of one song I liked (Baby it's cold outside) I really could have taken or left this.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2015
    The narrative element is almost non existent, and the music isn't executed well enough to make up for it.
    John K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2015
    With a play on his own name, Bill Murray leads this Netflix Christmas Special, "A Very Murray Christmas." Breaking the fourth wall, this film is essentially about Bill Murray's Christmas special as the power goes out and he remains stranded in a restaurant where celebrity cameos, Christmas carols, and love letters ensue. This is a holiday special with the best intentions, that only works about half of the time. This is a very slow moving piece that you really have to be in the holiday spirit to love. For what this film is, it is a brilliant watch on a winter night when you want to get into the Christmas spirit. Other than that, it really is just a bunch of segments strung together with musical numbers, that are quite enjoyable to watch. As a whole, it is not much of a film, but it is a very pleasant music-filled holiday special. It is not that great, but I would still highly recommend it. With cameos like George Clooney, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and many more, it is a lot of fun. "A Very Murray Christmas" is full of holiday spirit.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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