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Surviving Christmas Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
October 25, 2004
Yuletide cheer gets a kick in the shins with this funny but forced cinematic Christmas present.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 24, 2004
Ben Affleck delivers a surprisingly on-target performance as a man who thinks money and grandiose gestures are the answer to everything.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
October 22, 2004
It's the most unapologetically wacky holiday-themed movie since National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 22, 2004
The surprisingly effective bleak humor earned scene by scene in Surviving Christmas reveals the proper formula that Affleck abandoned after Good Will Hunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 22, 2004
A pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/4
Brian Orndorf
October 21, 2004
For Christmas to be any source of laughs, many audience members will need to move past their fear of Ben Affleck.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 21, 2004
As light, fluffy, cockle-warming holiday entertainment, this thing is pretty sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
October 20, 2004
Just when you're about to dismiss Affleck and his over-the-top demeanor, the story starts to click. A movie I thought I was going to hate turned into a nice little treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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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
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