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Nothing Like the Holidays Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2008
There are some standout performances from some young stars on the rise.
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.
December 12, 2008
With help from a lively cast and a twist on the formula, it seems fresh and enticing -- like a Christmas present you didn't know you wanted but are delighted to receive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2008
While there may well be nothing like the holidays, there's a lot that is dully familiar about the movie of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 12, 2008
Though the turf is well-traveled, the characters' camaraderie and their palpable sense of ethnic pride trumps the predictability and makes for a tale that is pleasantly appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2008
The ensemble cast boasts some of the finest actors in the business. They do their best to breathe life into the stereotypes, but they simply don't have enough to work with.
December 12, 2008
The whole thing's a little like the meals it spotlights. You know, while you're guiltily indulging, that it's no good for you. But that doesn't keep you from feeling full afterward.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2008
'God is punishing me,' says the matriarch. Not just you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 12, 2008
Sometimes it's fun to unwrap a present even if you already know what's waiting inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
December 12, 2008
It's the latest entry in the dysfunctional family holiday genre... that dark blossoming group of films that remind us how thoroughly messed up life is even at special times before concluding that family makes it all worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 2008
Beyond the movie's seasonal familiarities of resentment and reconciliation are plenty of sweet-funny details of Latino life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2008
The movie's not really interested in originality, though. Instead, it wants to wrap the old seasonal homilies in the warm specifics of time and place and ethnicity. At that, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2008
An efficient home-for-Christmas ensemble comedy trimmed with plastic teardrops.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
December 11, 2008
There's no shortage of warmth in Nothing Like The Holidays. It also features no shortage of clichés.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 11, 2008
Familiarity is part of the pleasure of holiday movies, and Nothing Like the Holidays gets by not on originality, but on chemistry and warmhearted charm.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2008
Ay Caramba, the holiday season can be difficult enough, but think how much worse it would be if you lived in a family full of movie stereotypes?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 11, 2008
The cast, including Luis Guzman and Jay Hernandez, is strong and attractive but ultimately hamstrung by artificial situations and a hackneyed ending.
December 11, 2008
If the conflicts feel warmed over and the resolutions obvious, the performances, particularly those of Rodriguez, Ferlito, Messing and Peña, are so warm and winning that director Alfredo De Villa makes it a tasty entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2008
It's the modest goal of a modest little picture like this--to capture something heartfelt and real, finding anyone doing anything and meaning it, regardless of how patently false the situation seems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
December 11, 2008
To a necessary degree the screenplay by Alison Swan and Rick Najera follows familiar formulas. But then the dialogue, the specifics, and the acting take charge, and the movie becomes funny, sad, corny, romantic, heartfelt, all when it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2008
Nothing Like the Holidays is vaguely unsatisfying, caught somewhere in the middle between popcorn flick and serious cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 10, 2008
The roles are paper thin, which is too bad considering the talent of the cast. They have all been better. Molina and Leguizamo, in particular, deserve better material.
December 10, 2008
The troubles are broad, the plot twists giant, and the performances cheery in this carol to ethnic pride in Chicago's traditionally Latino Humboldt Park.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
December 5, 2008
Falling somewhere between a telenovela and a sitcom's big holiday show, Nothing Like the Holidays mixes family melodrama with the good cheer of the season, all with a distinct Latin flavor.
December 5, 2008
After getting past the awful title, which evokes images of madcap Christmas mayhem, Nothing Like the Holidays proves a mildly efficient holiday stocking-stuffer, albeit one whose one truly distinctive characteristic is its predominantly Hispanic cast.
November 8, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4