Almost Christmas Reviews

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April 12, 2017
Almost Christmas follows a series of predictable twists, that doesn't negate its charm.
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.
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 18, 2016
Movies where a large family gathers to celebrate Christmas only have to nail one scene, and Almost Christmas does, more or less.
November 17, 2016
If the cast is willing, I'm sure other Meyers family reunions will follow, although none is likely to be as sweet as this sugar plum.
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 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
Talbert's sweet potato pie makes for a treat, with a enough laughs to keep us going until the exact right moment for some tears.
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.
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.
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