Almost Christmas Reviews

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July 11, 2020
When Talbert allows his cast to let loose and have fun, that affection reverberates from the screen. When he decides to dial it back and take things seriously is when we run into trouble.
January 11, 2020
You'll get through this movie and laugh a little but really going with the cast that's there you should be laughing way more.
October 3, 2019
Warmly familiar and not without a notable degree of poignancy, it's disappointing to see glimpses of the strength this scenario and cast could have commanded if Talbert's script didn't circulate almost exclusively in obvious beats.
January 2, 2019
1000-percent ridiculous.
January 2, 2019
Boring. it's just boring. A great cast, but nothing unique out of this movie. I dreaded even having to talk about it...
May 9, 2018
At the time of year when you've already spent money you didn't want to spend, then perhaps save what you have left and miss this one.
December 27, 2016
You can't fault the film for its efficiency. Each of these idylls is threatened by a problem that will be solved within a reasonably tidy running time.
December 12, 2016
There is a bit of holiday charm in this film, and a story about family coming together after a big loss, but it is buried in a series of slapstick situations and heavy-handed holiday schmaltz.
November 28, 2016
Okay, we have seen worse Christmas movies.
November 24, 2016
Almost unbearable would be a better title.
November 18, 2016
Almost Christmas also follows that oft-tried but rarely true formula of the ensemble comedy, whereby a half-dozen storylines are crammed into a single feature film in the hopes of covering as much thematic ground as possible.
November 13, 2016
The Mo'Smoove factor is such a sure thing, it seems writer/director David E. Talbert barely bothered giving them a script to work with.
November 12, 2016
Familiar and formulaic, including the outtakes during the final credits.
November 11, 2016
There are some scattered laughs along the way, although the screenplay functions as a checklist of dysfunctional family clichs with eye-rolling contrivances and an aggressive push for seasonal sentimentality.
November 11, 2016
Pleasant, if not completely convoluted with too many characters and not enough development with any.
November 11, 2016
For most of its two-hour running time, the predictable, unimaginative Almost Christmas is merely almost funny.
November 11, 2016
Almost Christmas seems like a film that was taken out of the oven too early, leaving an underdone product on the table.
November 11, 2016
Maybe the laziest and shoddiest family holiday fare on film ever perpetrated. No glowing memories to be found here at all.
November 11, 2016
The fact that this Xmas family film released on Veterans Day makes it unique. Sadly, that's about it.
November 11, 2016
It's as predictable as your aunt's holiday stuffing, but the cast finds some places to open up the material.
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