Christmas With the Kranks - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Christmas With the Kranks Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 6, 2007
In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but coming on the heels of Surviving Christmas, it's a close second.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 30, 2004
I'm making my list of the worst movies of the year and I'm checking it twice, and I hope to find room for this frantically unfunny disaster.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 27, 2004
Purports to kindle the warm glow of love for humankind in our hearts but actually reaffirms that the trappings of the holiday season are all that really matter.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 27, 2004
Hollywood's version of the annual Hallmark Ho-ho-ho card. It's made to order: just slot in the perennial Mr. Santa Claus himself, Tim Allen, and stir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 24, 2004
Stinks like the unrefrigerated ham its studio sent me as a promotion several months ago.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 24, 2004
A leaden whimsy so heavy it threatens to crash through the multiplex floor.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2004
One of the worst Christmas movies in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 24, 2004
This grim holiday-themed comedy is the movie equivalent of getting socks and underwear for Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 24, 2004
Filled with overly processed situations it tries to sell with manic energy, Kranks is canned, hammy and rolling as fast as it can.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 24, 2004
Avoid this lump o' coal.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 24, 2004
Flat-footed holiday comedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 24, 2004
It's not just that the story is predictable. The very camera angles are predictable.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 24, 2004
A loud, coarse and witless family comedy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 24, 2004
This movie reeks.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 24, 2004
Even if you believe in Santa, you'll never believe that this is any sort of holiday classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 24, 2004
It's painful, not to mention flat-out witless, to see two actors this genial play fuddy-duddies who learn that Christmas is coming to their living room... or else.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 24, 2004
The script here is barely passable and the direction is downright awful, completely lacking in any sense of comic timing, visual grace or character development.
| Original Score: D+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 24, 2004
Instead of a funny and relevant little bromide about capitalism, conformity and forced holiday cheer, the movie is about as fresh as a week-old mug of egg nog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2004
Here's a film that says Christmas is a sellout, that your neighbors are morons, and that suburbia is a playground of fascist conformity, and then it concludes that anyone who actually believes that is a heartless Scrooge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 24, 2004
Grisham usually writes legal thrillers, but the only suspense to be found here consists of wondering whether any laughs will arrive. I'm still waiting.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 24, 2004
In the end -- the beginning and the middle, too -- the spirit of Christmas With the Kranks rings as false as the bell of a shopping-mall Santa.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 24, 2004
It's a colossal miscalculation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2004
A flat parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 23, 2004
Joyless and forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2004
Phony, disingenuous family entertainment, suffocated by its green bean casserole approach to Middle America, spineless cardboard characters and paper-thin plot 'twists.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
November 23, 2004
An agreeable, if snowflake-thin stocking stuffer faithfully adapted from John Grisham's 2001 bestseller Skipping Christmas.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 23, 2004
A deadpan little satire by John Grisham has been reinterpreted as a shrill and mean-spirited orgy of banana-peel pranks.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 23, 2004
Lockstep suburban conformism enforced with fascist severity is the ugly (but admittedly sometimes funny) joke driving Joe Roth's family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 23, 2004
If you haven't seen enough films featuring shoppers sprinting to snatch the last ham at the grocery store, electric shocks from Christmas lights, and home decorators toppling off the roof, this is the movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 23, 2004
A peculiar and at times even sour tale about the tyranny of Christmas.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 23, 2004
A largely mirthless comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 23, 2004
Given the tinsel-thin storyline, the typical seasonal gags only elicit perfunctory laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 23, 2004
As tasteless and stale as last year's cheese log.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2004
As with average TV fare, moments of genuine humor are rare, and character development can best be described as perfunctory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4