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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. Read critic reviews

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Steve (Matthew Broderick), suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, finds a wrinkle in his well-ordered existence with the arrival of his new neighbor Danny (Danny DeVito). Danny has big dreams and plans to illuminate his house with enough holiday lights to make it visible from space. Not to be outdone, Steve declares a war of one-upmanship with Danny that threatens to drag the Christmas spirit through the slush.

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Critic Reviews for Deck the Halls

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

    April 14, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • What's interesting about typical Hollywood Christmas movies is that regardless of how crass, vulgar, or mean-spirited they may be, by the last scene they will inevitably try to wrap viewers in a blanket of warm seasonal cheer.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • '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.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Got any kids who've been naughty this year? Here's their present.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

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

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  • Jan 08, 2020
    Not a film with true purpose or clear comedy intent. The filmmaker expects the set pieces and actors to generate all the humour, or laugh out loud moments. This is a clumsy film designed for the lowest common denominator. Weird and quite mean spirited comedy film, never comes together. The cast is good, but there's no real storyline here and the filmmaker in charge was definitely not the correct choice for the material. Unfunny and definitely one to avoid around the festive season. I could actually see this film triggering violence. It's weird structure and mean storyline is tiresome and would frustrate any audience member. 26/12/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • 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

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