Nothing Like the Holidays Reviews

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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.
December 12, 2008
The umpteenth holiday-family-gathering film to hit theaters in the past few years, Nothing Like the Holidays distinguishes itself from the pack with fine acting.
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.
December 12, 2008
Sometimes it's fun to unwrap a present even if you already know what's waiting inside.
December 12, 2008
Have you seen it before? Well, yeah. Lots. But have you seen it quite like this? Doubtful.
December 12, 2008
Beyond the movie's seasonal familiarities of resentment and reconciliation are plenty of sweet-funny details of Latino life.
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.
December 12, 2008
Familiar but funny holiday story with a Latino flavor.
December 12, 2008
Right away, the charms of this heart-warming -- even if completely predictable -- film become obvious. Shot under a bright winter sun, the thick snows glistens and sparkles.
December 12, 2008
I'd rather watching "Nothing Like the Holidays" every holiday season than ever watch "Four Christmases" again.
December 12, 2008
The picture is exceedingly familiar, often humorous and has its share of flaws. So it's a lot like most family Christmases.
December 12, 2008
The recipe for an entertaining celluloid Christmas is followed to the letter in 'Nothing Like the Holidays.'
December 11, 2008
Simplistic and soapy, Nothing Like the Holidays nonetheless succeeds in warming the cockles.
December 11, 2008
The stars quickly create an authentic sense of the rhythms and short-cuts of family communication.
December 11, 2008
The film has its soapish machinations and some cliched characterizations. However, it features a great cast of mostly Hispanic actors.
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.
December 11, 2008
Vividly conveys the happiness and the heartbreak of a Puerto Rican family gathered together to celebrate Christmas.
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.
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.
December 11, 2008
Despite a cliché-ridden story, this holiday family reunion manages to be the heartwarming, affecting piece it sets out to be.
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