Almost Christmas

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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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Walter Meyer (Danny Glover) is a retired mechanic who lost the love of his life one year earlier. Now that the holiday season is here, he invites daughters Rachel (Gabrielle Union) and Cheryl (Kimberly Elise) and sons Christian (Romany Malco) and Evan (Jessie T. Usher) to his house for a traditional celebration. Poor Walter soon realizes that if his bickering children and the rest of the family can spend five days together under the same roof, it will truly be a Christmas miracle.

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Critic Reviews for Almost Christmas

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (35)

  • 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.

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

    Kate Muir

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

    November 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.

    November 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.

    November 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Almost Christmas goes light enough on the clich 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.

    November 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.

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

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  • 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.
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