Four Christmases Reviews

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November 17, 2011
December 9, 2008
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.
December 8, 2008
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.
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December 2, 2008
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.
December 2, 2008
Didn't quite get over the hump.
December 2, 2008
Oh, the hilarity of hating your family at the holidays.
November 28, 2008
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.
November 28, 2008
In this egregious Christmas movie, Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon each demonstrate the classic "Hollywood romcom" face: waxy as a corpse, dead-eyed with self-loathing.
November 28, 2008
Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon play the leads. Do they convince as lawyers or lovers? No. Do they convince as space aliens trying to infiltrate the human race? Yes.
November 27, 2008
Seems intent on being as generic and lowbrow as possible, with broad slapstick emphasized over witty dialogue or interesting characters.
November 26, 2008
We've enjoyed their cocky selfishness; just as much, we bask in schadenfreude when they get guilted into making the familial trail of tears.
November 26, 2008
Four Christmases is refreshingly tart and lean, forgoing the usual schmaltz and syrup of the season.
November 26, 2008
The difference between the average unfunny comedy and this one is the difference between Grandpa telling you knock-knock jokes and Grandpa telling you knock-knock jokes with his bathrobe open as his hand creeps up your thigh.
November 26, 2008
Think of it as fun tear-away wrapping on what's essentially a boring pair of socks.
November 26, 2008
It really needs to be stamped Don't Open Until DVD.
November 26, 2008
It's Four Christmases in need of a wedding, or maybe a funeral.
November 26, 2008
One and a half Christmases is about all that's worth celebrating in Four Christmases.
November 26, 2008
To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit -- never, for a second, did this New Line Cinema cast-off scream or even whisper decent in the run-up to its opening.
November 26, 2008
Several maraschino cherries short of a fruitcake.
November 26, 2008
A sequence in which they dress up as Mary and Joseph for a Nativity play is genuinely funny. The rest of Four Christmases doesn't do them justice.
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