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Surviving Christmas Reviews

March 5, 2007
Pique on earth and ill will toward men permeate this mirthless comedy.
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.
June 24, 2006
The moral is that money can indeed buy happiness.
October 22, 2004
Surviving Christmas is about as funny as a rubber crutch for Tiny Tim.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 22, 2004
There's a lot to not buy in Surviving Christmas. I recommend not buying.
October 22, 2004
Maybe the worst thing that can be said for Surviving Christmas is that it doesn't succeed even on its humble level of aspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2004
Even though store shelves are stocked with fright masks rather than tree ornaments, Hollywood is offering its first yuletide romp of '04, and with it comes the risk of early onset holiday depression.
October 22, 2004
Not since Scrooge got a look at Christmas future have the holidays seemed so shudderingly depressing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 22, 2004
To write off Surviving Christmas as Affleck's folly gives the actor too much credit: He's actually the best thing in the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
October 22, 2004
Is it just me, or does anyone else think it odd Dreamworks is releasing a Christmas movie before Halloween?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 22, 2004
Critics may be the only people who need to see Surviving Christmas -- and then only those who compile 10-worst lists.
Read More | Original Score: D+
October 22, 2004
Bear in mind the Yuletide lesson learned by every kid with an earnest aunt: Some presents look a whole lot like punishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 22, 2004
Can't decide whether it wants to be a black comedy, dumb farce, or sentimental sit-com.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 22, 2004
Major stinker. We're talking hold your nose as you walk past the theater.
Read More | Original Score: D
October 22, 2004
Though introduced as a dark comedy, the movie quickly resorts to forced Hollywood humbuggery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
October 22, 2004
It's just in time for Halloween, and it is a scary movie. Unfortunately it's supposed to be a comedy.
October 22, 2004
Surviving Christmas is exactly what's wrong with Hollywood
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
October 21, 2004
This latest movie is absolutely awesome in its relentless mediocrity.
October 21, 2004
Director Mike Mitchell never finds a tone or attitude that will transform these misanthropic characters into comedy.
October 21, 2004
Some screwball moments elicit a chuckle or two, but the script is weak and the characterizations clichéd.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 21, 2004
The film is well cast, with James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Josh Zuckerman and Christina Applegate as Drew's rented family, but they're wasted on subpar material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2004
This is a dump job worthy of Tony Soprano.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 21, 2004
The woozy, sinking sensation this Christmas comedy produces suggests a movie slapped together after the consumption of far too many gallons of spiked eggnog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
October 21, 2004
It is, from conception to execution, an unalloyed, unqualified, unmitigated disaster.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
October 21, 2004
It's appropriate that this would-be comedy should be released so close to Halloween. It's a real horror.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 21, 2004
Gandolfini and O'Hara are so gritty and wryly burned-out together that you want to express-mail them to another movie in time for next Christmas.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 21, 2004
The ludicrous premise is but the latest expression of that bourgeois guilt that crops up in Hollywood like clockwork around this time of year, spawning films in which modern-day Scrooges learn that money, or at least money alone, can't buy true happiness.
October 21, 2004
As light, fluffy, cockle-warming holiday entertainment, this thing is pretty sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2004
IF Hans Blix is still searching for bombs, he should check out Surviving Christmas, a crass, shrill and laughless disaster of a holiday comedy with a desperately mugging Ben Affleck that should be banned under the Geneva Convention.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
October 20, 2004
Rarely has a happy ending felt less like a gift freely given or truly earned.
Full Review | Original Score: F
October 19, 2004
This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound.