Deck the Halls


Deck the Halls

Critics Consensus

Relying on flat humor and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood.



Total Count: 83


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This family comedy is about one-upmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve, a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Buddy, is Steve's polar opposite: a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But, Buddy's latest dream--to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space--is turning Steve's disciplined world into a nightmare. As Buddy's home explodes with festive lights of incredible design, increasing complexity, and exponentially growing wattage, Steve becomes a man on a mission. At any cost, he will thwart Buddy--or top him.


Danny DeVito
as Buddy Hall
Matthew Broderick
as Steve Finch
Kristin Davis
as Kelly Finch
Alia Shawkat
as Madison Finch
Dylan Blue
as Carter Finch
Sabrina Aldridge
as Ashley Hall
Kelly Aldridge
as Emily Hall
Jorge Garcia
as Wallace
Fred Armisen
as Gustave
Ryan Devlin
as Bob Murray
Sean O'Bryan
as Mayor Young
SuChin Pak
as Herself
Gary Chalk
as Sheriff Dave
Zak Santiago
as Fireworks Guy
Nicola Peltz
as Mackenzie
Ken Kramer
as Mr. Murray
Alf Humphreys
as Hardware Store Employee
Brenda Crichlow
as New Reporter #1
Jill Krop
as News Reporter #2
Cory Monteith
as Madison's Date
Agam Darshi
as News Producer
David Stuart
as Oblivious Dad
Quinn Lord
as Santa Kid
Nathaniel DeVeaux
as Main Street Passerby #1
Fulvio Cecere
as Town Passerby
Eliza Norbury
as Mary In The Manger
Randi Lynne
as Caroler #1
Dan Joffre
as Caroler #2
Lori Johnson
as Caroler
David Shaw
as Caroler
Myles Wolfe
as Caroler
Ty Olsson
as Trucker
Andrew Hedge
as City Employee
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Critic Reviews for Deck the Halls

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (78)

  • Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles.

    Apr 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Joshua Land

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 'My stupidity astounds me!' chortles Danny DeVito in Deck the Halls, a line that pretty much sums up this tale of warring neighbours with very different ideas about celebrating Christmas.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
    Top Critic
  • This one follows the depressing pattern of Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks: enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.

    Dec 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • [Deck the Halls] wants to be both naughty and nice, but just ends up feeling deeply confused.

    Dec 2, 2006 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • I love the Christmas season, but there are times when I wish it would go away if only to save audiences from horrific experiences like this.

    Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws.

    Nov 23, 2006

Audience Reviews for Deck the Halls

  • Dec 08, 2011
    Deck the Halls has a lot going for it, but fails to deliver the heartwarming Christmas comedy that it promises. Both Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick are great comedic actors, but they have no chemistry in this film. Broderick's performance is especially poor, giving a halfhearted effort at best. And, the plot opts to go for cheap laughs and cliches instead of giving any real insight on the modern Christmas of the new millennium. There are a few heartwarming moments, but they're disconnected from the rest of the film. Despite a fine cast and some fun moments, Deck the Halls is an altogether disappointing film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2011
    Deck the Halls is a very sweet but edgy christmas film thats kept alive by its wonderful cast and witty humour. It's not overly bad as everyone says it is.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A movie that is too terrible for words, come on Danny DeVito, get back in the game.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    A movie that is too terrible for words, come on Danny DeVito, get back in the game.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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