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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Reviews

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December 27, 2012
Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 20, 2012
[A]chingly lovely... so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful without ever having to touch on the sentimental...
December 14, 2012
These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2012
Burns remains an agreeable presence throughout, and the emotions mostly ring true, even if the comic elements feel overly broad and individual episodes are hit-and-miss.
December 10, 2012
The ensemble cast is mostly agreeable, but the script eventually bogs down amid too many characters and too many contrivances.
December 10, 2012
A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 8, 2012
The dysfunctional silbling-squabbling delivers diluted holiday cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 7, 2012
Burns' latest demonstrates the workmanlike skill with which he's produced a new relationship drama every one or two years.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
December 7, 2012
Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2012
Manages the considerable feat of interweaving the personal dramas of nine members of a boisterous Irish-American clan into a coherent mosaic with a streamlined narrative drive.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 6, 2012
Burns has assembled such a fine cast that we leave feeling satisfied, as if we didn't get the iPad mini we wanted, but a pretty good novel instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2012
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is extremely perceptive about certain angles on life in a big family.
December 6, 2012
Anchoring the film as much as his character does his family, Burns displays such an affable screen presence that one is able to overlook the film's hoarier aspects.
December 6, 2012
So little action takes place that really, the setting could just be adjoining couches, with characters shouting affectionate quips and insults at each other.
December 6, 2012
A genuine charmer with appealingly natural performances and the kind of holiday warmth that can't be manufactured.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2012
A fertile battlefield of sibling discontent and parental resentment, creating a prickly but inviting familial atmosphere that offers enough variation in woe to ease the script out of its occasional dalliance with clumsy melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 5, 2012
A blandly amiable thing, hardly resonant in spite of all the heartache that abounds.
December 5, 2012
Burns's job as director is differentiating and spotlighting everyone in this large ensemble, a storytelling challenge to which he responds with a brisk pace and an eye for revealing moments.
December 5, 2012
Burns gives a rare picture of another borough, showing the working-class environment he grew up in, and eulogizes: Queens, and even the beaches of Long Island when not in high season.
December 5, 2012
As a writer, Mr. Burns has forgotten to make the characters likeable, and there are so many of them you need a diagram to both connect them and tell them apart.
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