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.



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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.

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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 (28)

  • 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
  • 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
  • It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve.

    Nov 23, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deck the Halls


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 Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

the only part i really liked was when he said "jesus!....christ the lord was born" hehe the rest was ok

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

A movie that is too terrible for words, come on Danny DeVito, get back in the game.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Christmas Movie Review Mania Episode #5: Deck the Halls Welcome to the first negative review in the Christmas Movie Review Mania series! Deck the Halls is a predictable Christmas movie with a very stupid plot. The acting is mediorce. The humor is both funny and unfunny. This is nowhere close to all those funny Christmas comedies like "The Santa Clause" or "A Christmas Story". Did I mention that the movie has a bit of offensive humor? Anyways, don't watch unless you're in the mood for a bad comedy.

Bentley Lyles
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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