Holiday Inn

1942

Holiday Inn

Critics Consensus

With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic -- not least because it introduced "White Christmas" to the world.

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Total Count: 24

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User Ratings: 11,837
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Music by Irving Berlin, songs by Bing Crosby and dancing by Fred Astaire all add up to a really delightful musical that also just happened to launch the hit 'White Christmas'.

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Critic Reviews for Holiday Inn

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

  • Crosby's easy, casual banter is just the right foil for Astaire's precision acrobatics, his wry, offbeat humor.

    Dec 5, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Loaded with a wealth of songs, it's meaty, not too kaleidoscopic and yet closely knit for a compact 100 minutes of tiptop filmusical entertainment.

    Nov 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Holiday Inn offers a reason for celebration not printed in red ink on the calendar.

    Aug 8, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The Irving Berlin score, including 'Easter Parade' and 'Let's Say It with Firecrackers' (which gives Fred his best moment) makes up for the thin story.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Despite not being the success it could have been, this can still inspire a festive glow.

    Apr 18, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ali Barclay

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Between the toe twinkling and ivory tickling it's still a comfortable, cosy way to pass an afternoon.

    Dec 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Holiday Inn

  • Apr 29, 2015
    A crooner and a twinkle-toes vie for the affections of a classy dame. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire are at the heights of their respective talents in this delightful little film. It's a popcorn film with little substance, but it's also one to return to just for a smile. All that is true if I were to take the film in its 1942 context, but holy irony, Batman, there is something head-scratching about Bing Crosby singing a song praising Abraham Lincoln in blackface. At that time there wouldn't have been such a problem, and within the context of the story, it actually makes a bit of sense, but wow, it's a sight that's hard to stomach. Overall, there is enough delight to balance the film's antiquated elements.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2012
    I enjoyed this a lot! It was charming and funny.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    This was pretty cute and very entertaining. I wish the DVD hadn't kept skipping, but what I saw was good!
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    Shallow and bore. Come On people there are far better musicals out there!
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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