Almost Christmas Reviews

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November 29, 2016
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 24, 2016
Almost unbearable would be a better title.
November 15, 2016
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 11, 2016
The committed performances by the cast of talented actors are what elevates Almost Christmas above complaints about its familiarity and melodrama.
November 11, 2016
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
It's as predictable as your aunt's holiday stuffing, but the cast finds some places to open up the material.
November 10, 2016
On a few, all-too-rare occasions, comedic sparks fly.
November 10, 2016
The epiphanies go down like eggnog, along with the smooth R'n'B and jazz on the soundtrack.
November 10, 2016
"Almost Christmas" is an often disarmingly entertaining picture, in spite of its being a not particularly well-thought-out cinematic contrivance.
Top Critic
November 10, 2016
Almost Christmas plays both sides of the comedy-drama equation broadly, which serves one at the expense of the other.
November 10, 2016
The film's energy can be relentless, but the feelings are real, and they're wrapped in a dysfunctional-family package that's so venerable and endearing as to seem a little bit new.
November 10, 2016
A standard entry in a formulaic genre, though the actors occasionally sparkle.
November 10, 2016
Give [Talbert] a potful of holiday movie clichs and he's good to go.
November 10, 2016
Is it a good movie? Not particularly.
November 10, 2016
Even with the revolving door of characters and plot developments, there are some laughs in "Almost Christmas."
November 10, 2016
Holiday movies about dysfunctional families are reassuring because their batty characters make our own relatives look harmless by comparison; this seasonal comedy delivers those tidings of comfort if not always joy.
November 10, 2016
In all, it's a pleasant enough way to spend two quiet hours with the extended family, but Almost Christmas probably won't be your next holiday tradition.
November 10, 2016
We get too many slapstick set pieces and extraneous subplots that bog down the proceedings.
November 10, 2016
It busies itself assembling the kind and number of subplots that create mounting dread about the marathon of resolution they will require in the final half hour.
November 9, 2016
All I want for Christmas is my two hours back.
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