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Nothing Like the Holidays Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 11, 2008
There's nothing new under the mistletoe in this warm but generic family-stressing-for-the-holidays dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 11, 2008
Like fruitcake, movies like this are ubiquitous at this time of the year but rarely are they devoured with great relish or enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
December 9, 2008
One could have made a much stronger movie with a cast this good, one that wasn't so erratic and driven by such obvious and formulaic holiday silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Matt Stevens
E! Online
December 11, 2008
Holidays adds a welcome ethnic twist to the mix, but not much else
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 15, 2008
Harmless, predictable, contrived -- if those are the best things you can say about a movie I think you should definitely skip it.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
December 8, 2008
True to its bland title, it isn't too Puerto Rican for a wide audience, isn't too racy for a family audience, and hell, isn't even too Christian for an audience not celebrating Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 7, 2008
Nothing Like the Holidays may be less repulsive than The Family Stone, but that's simply because it wields its strikingly similar story with slightly more subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
December 15, 2008
The actors are all very good and seem to be enjoying themselves, but it doesn't disguise the fact that it's just pretty ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
December 23, 2008
just like the gifts one gets every year, Nothing Like the Holidays is a hit-and-miss entertainment experience.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 12, 2008
The Rodriguezes are dealing with divorce, a war injury, cancer and even Christmas, but these setbacks are all played for jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
December 12, 2008
This is the same old holiday film with a dysfunctional family that you have seen a million times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 11, 2008
It just wouldn't be Christmas if there wasn't a group of actors pushed into a room together with thin characterization, forced to fight for limited screentime.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 12, 2008
'God is punishing me,' says the matriarch. Not just you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
December 9, 2008
Spruce with superficial ethnic color -- as opposed to intimacy with a specific social reality -- and you've got yourself a real niche-filler.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
December 12, 2008
Director Alfredo De Villa clumsily weaves his way in and out of the various plot threads, pausing at each one just long enough to let the audience wonder if this movie will ever get past its cliches. It rarely does.
| Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
December 11, 2008
The efforts of the game and likable cast at least serve to make it slightly more tolerable than most takes on this particular subgenre
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 20, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
December 16, 2008
A film that we've seen dozens of times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide
December 12, 2008
If the film maintained this breezy tone for the entire time, it would be a low-key charmer, but when resentments and secrets come spilling out of everyone, the film's attempts at drama can't match the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 11, 2008
Surely the concept of 'family' is one of the laziest bits of shorthand Hollywood films use...
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
January 9, 2009
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