Deck the Halls Reviews

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April 14, 2007
Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles.
December 30, 2006
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
'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
Got any kids who've been naughty this year? Here's their present.
December 26, 2006
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 2, 2006
[Deck the Halls] wants to be both naughty and nice, but just ends up feeling deeply confused.
November 24, 2006
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.
November 23, 2006
There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws.
November 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.
November 22, 2006
I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank.
November 22, 2006
As long as atrocious, fake-pine duds like this keep making their money back, there's no such thing as a Christmas that's too commercial.
November 22, 2006
Looking for some early holiday cheer? Look at anything but Deck the Halls.
November 22, 2006
The raw ingredients of this crass holiday comedy include an inept stab at Home Alone-style slapstick, sitcom-thin characters, a snickering attitude about tacky yuletide decorations and a good helping of smarmy sentimentality. Merry Christmas!
November 22, 2006
Does anybody in Hollywood celebrate Christmas anymore? You have to wonder, with the woeful Christmas fare that has been hurled at us the past few years.
November 22, 2006
A holiday farce that pairs a colorful cast with a generic filmmaker.
November 22, 2006
The ending is so sweet that it'll send your family out of the theater for 3 1/2 solid minutes of smiles before everyone starts drinking and pointing fingers again.
November 22, 2006
As reliable as your Aunt Harriet's sweet potato casserole, every holiday season brings a movie just like John Whitesell's Deck the Halls, in which otherwise sensible actors commit themselves to a cheerless exercise in jingle bell hell.
November 22, 2006
Movies like Deck the Halls should make us all thankful that Christmas only comes once a year. What other season could possibly inspire a story as insipid as this?
November 22, 2006
Although it borrows ingredients from many familiar Christmas flicks, it's got a sly twinkle of its own.
November 22, 2006
Since this is ostensibly a holiday family picture, things never get so nasty as to be Bad Santa-style outrageous, unless you think a rigged speed-skating competition or a cross-dressing local sheriff is the height of hilarity.
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