Four Christmases

Critics Consensus

Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.

24%

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Total Count: 144

47%

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User Ratings: 254,510
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When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation--and unable to escape--they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts the hours to when he can get away from their parents, step-parents, siblings and an assortment of nieces and nephews, Kate is starting to hear the ticking of a different kind of clock. And by the end of the day, she is beginning to wonder if their crazy families' choices are not so crazy after all.

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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (38)

  • This is marginally better than most, with a few offbeat comic ideas, a reliably droll performance from Vaughn, and, as the parents, four watchable old troupers in search of a fat paycheck.

    Dec 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • You can see most of the big slapstick set-pieces looming long before they hit but there are a few smaller routines that pack a punch just because they have an unexpectedly manic tilt to them.

    Dec 8, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Gordon's stars are charmless, his script cheerless, and his sterling supporting cast can't seem to figure out what they've been brought on board to do.

    Dec 2, 2008 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

    NPR
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  • Didn't quite get over the hump.

    Dec 2, 2008
  • Oh, the hilarity of hating your family at the holidays.

    Dec 2, 2008 | Full Review…
  • These embarrassing truths, indeed the entire film, take a great deal of hard swallowing. The mawkish ending is thoroughly predictable. But it's not quite as ghastly as the ingredients might suggest.

    Nov 28, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Four Christmases

  • Dec 08, 2012
    A selfish couple comes to learn the true meaning of Christmas in the screwball comedy Four Christmases. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon lead the cast and have good onscreen chemistry. But a lot of the comedy feels forced, as the film tries to make each family visit that the couple makes more and more bizarre. Still, there are some fun and touching moments that gives the film some charm. Four Christmases has its moments, but it doesn't quite come together in the end.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2011
    A bit of a laugh but way too predictable and nothing special.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2011
    Reese and Vince â(TM)¥ Script is crap, campy through out.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Four Christmases is a mess at times, but it has some good actors and some decent laughs and I would be lying if I said I didn't have a decent time.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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