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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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December 6, 2012
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is extremely perceptive about certain angles on life in a big family.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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
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William Goss
Film.com
December 5, 2012
A blandly amiable thing, hardly resonant in spite of all the heartache that abounds.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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Sam Adams
Time Out
December 4, 2012
A starchy, flavorless pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
December 3, 2012
An unpretentiously ingratiating dramedy about members of an Irish-American clan drawn together, whether they want to be or not, for a yuletide celebration.