Almost Christmas

Critics Consensus

While far from the worst holiday dramedy audiences could hope for, Almost Christmas isn't distinctive enough to prompt a visit to the theater -- or annual yuletide viewings.



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A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.


Omar Epps
as Malachi
Romany Malco
as Christian
as Aunt May
JB Smoove
as Lonnie
Keri Hilson
as Jasmine
Gladys Knight
as Shelter Director Dorothy
Chloe Spencer
as Shelter Assistant
Gregory Alan Williams
as Pastor Browning
Tara Batesole
as Rental Car Clerk
Jeff Rose
as Brian
Ric Reitz
as Coach Parker
Ravi Naidu
as Dr. Patel
Stephen A. Smith
as as Himself
Tara Jones
as Newswoman
Monica Brown
as Waitress
Johnny Land
as AAA Guy
Teresa Sykes
as Church Lady
Karl Bynes
as Lead Singer
Keon Mitchell
as Young Walter
Rachel Kylian
as Young Grace
A. Sabrena Farmer
as Older Grace
Elias Talbert
as Young Evan
Lyn Sisson-Talbert
as Young Grace
David E. Talbert
as Malaci's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Almost Christmas

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (33)

  • Aside from the traditional spaghetti set-up of conflicts that will unfurl and be resolved with good cheer around the turkey, David E Talbert's film has a rather moving backstory about the death of the family matriarch the previous year.

    Nov 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Almost unbearable would be a better title.

    Nov 24, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie takes a few calamitous turns at its climax, dangerously approaching broad slapstick and villainizing a character we've come to love. But mainly, it's a fun and boisterous countdown to the big meal.

    Nov 15, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The committed performances by the cast of talented actors are what elevates Almost Christmas above complaints about its familiarity and melodrama.

    Nov 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Almost Christmas goes light enough on the cliché and gives the stacked cast - which also includes J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps and Romany Malco - enough decent material that the film remains relatively lively.

    Nov 11, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's as predictable as your aunt's holiday stuffing, but the cast finds some places to open up the material.

    Nov 11, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Almost Christmas

  • Nov 27, 2016
    Almost Christmas has notable flaws in terms of writing and having an imbalance in character use but I couldn't say I didn't enjoy the film. Generations of families are properly presented remaking it a movie it is an enjoyable experience for the family no matter how old or young. For those wondering if Almost Christmas is a hit or a miss, I say the movie hits enough to make it a good Christmas film, not one of the best but a good time regardless.
    Jacob S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2016
    2 hours together? Oh joy, how fun will this be? Not any that's for sure. It does try, but at its best, it serves Christmas treats not as special they were supposed to be.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer

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