The Holiday

2006

The Holiday

Critics Consensus

While it's certainly sweet and even somewhat touching, The Holiday is so thoroughly predictable that audiences may end up opting for an early check-out time.

48%

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Total Count: 153
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Movie Info

Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man. Iris makes the acquaintance of an upbeat everyman played by Jack Black, while Amanda spends time with a handsome Brit played by Jude Law. Both women must decide what to do with these new relationships as their pre-arranged house switch is scheduled to last less than two weeks. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Cast

Jude Law
as Graham
Eli Wallach
as Arthur Abbott
Bill Macy
as Ernie
Kathryn Hahn
as Bristol
Alex O'Loughlin
as Kissing Couple
Odette Annable
as Kissing Couple
Bundle Williams
as Girl in Pub
Susan Dizon
as Newspaper Party Guest
Terry Diab
as Newspaper Editor
Kenneth Danziger
as Editor-in-Chief
Hope Riley
as Smith-Alcott, Sarah
Steven Bruns
as Couple on Plane
Nikki Novak
as Couple on Plane
Judith Drake
as Women in Plane
Pamela Dunlap
as Women on Plane
Hal Douglas
as Movie Trailer Narrator
Jay Simpson
as Limo Driver
Siobhan Pestano
as Couple With Dog
Charles Dinsdale
as Couple With Dog
Sarah Flind
as Market Clerk
Darlene Ann Harris
as Arthur's Nurse
Marcell Brown
as Airport Guard
Marina Morgan
as Graham's Friend
Lynden Edwards
as Graham's Friend
Jon Prescott
as Maggie's Boyfriend
Patrick Cavanaugh
as Young Man at WGA
Justin Collins
as Young Man at WGA
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Critic Reviews for The Holiday

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (41)

  • While the director tips her hat to classic Hollywood comedies -- Iris watches Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday for lessons in leading-lady "gumption" -- The Holiday wallows in too much earnest relationship talk, without saying much.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Full Review…

    Tom Beer

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A leisurely feelgood rom-com.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A lot of ideas are circulating and the characters have taken hold of our emotions. If only Meyers had taken the quickest way there, it would be a much better movie.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Holiday's redeeming feature (and it's a considerable one) is the 91-year-old Eli Wallach's astute and endearing performance.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This romantic comedy ends up feeling soggy, syrupy and so bloating it'll put you to sleep before the pudding's done.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.

    Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: D

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic

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