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Surviving Christmas Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 30, 2011
Surviving Christmas is a mediocre ninety-minute sit-com; if you're looking for wit and humor, stay away.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
You'll be lucky if you survive this dumb movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Ben Affleck needs to stop making movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2007
Pique on earth and ill will toward men permeate this mirthless comedy.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 5, 2007
The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 30, 2006
You may not survive watching it.
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The moral is that money can indeed buy happiness.

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Despite the talent involved, this fails to raise so much as a smile, let alone laughs and Christmas cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Cornelius
January 15, 2005
If you thought the Ron Howard Grinch movie was the worst excuse for a holiday movie in recent memory, then look out: this one's worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
December 4, 2004
A colossal turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 30, 2004
All that's vaguely funny or Christmassy about this are the sweaty beads of desperation which string together like fairy-lights across Affleck's forehead as he hammers out one lame gag after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jordan Hiller
November 30, 2004
Surviving Christmas can't decide whether it wants to be naughty or nice and the end result is a sometime funny story, but with a severe multiple personality disorder .
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
November 8, 2004
Affleck gives one of the clammiest, most panicked performances I've ever seen. The movie is drenched in his flop-sweat.
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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 7, 2004
The premise has potential, as does the casting, but the script is so mind-numbingly lazy that it insults its audience at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
November 5, 2004
With the release of this wretched film, star Ben Affleck takes one more ragged step in what seems his death march from leading man to celebrity game show guest.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 2, 2004
Easily the worst Christmas movie of all time, and a surefire contender for the worst film of 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
James Rocchi
November 1, 2004
Ben Affleck's Christmas "comedy" is a misfire under the mistletoe, even with a germ of a classic tale hidden under the ugly wrapping.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
October 30, 2004
Affleck may finally have found a use for his obnoxious personality, because Drew is amazingly annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 30, 2004
The desperation apparent in Affleck's bug-eyed attempts at whimsy may be the most uncomfortable aspect of Surviving Christmas.
Eric D. Snider
October 30, 2004
Can't decide whether it wants to be dark or merry, and it bungles nearly every attempt at doing either.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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