The Holiday (2006)



Critic Consensus: The Holiday, while sweet and somewhat touching, lacks any surprises and eventually overstays its welcome.

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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
PG-13 (for sexual content and some strong language)
Comedy , Romance
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Cameron Diaz
as Amanda
Jude Law
as Graham
Jack Black
as Miles
Eli Wallach
as Arthur Abbott
Rufus Sewell
as Jasper
Sarah Parish
as Hannah
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
Kenneth Danziger
as Editor-in-Chief
Hope Riley
as Smith-Alcott, Sarah
Gilbert Esquivel
as Gardener
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 (135) | Top Critics (39)

A leisurely feelgood rom-com.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.

December 8, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

The characters pace and putter around in the story like animals building their nests, and by the time they finally settle down with their mates, we have a grudging affection for them.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Top Critic

...The story goes on at untoward length.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

...The surprises would be surprises only if this is, like, your fourth movie ever.

December 8, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Like her near namesake, Meyers has quite a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Holiday

A slight different take on how 2 (heart) broke girls try to cope with the situation. Nevertheless, it's a below average romantic drama (not comedy).

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As chick flicks go, it's not bad. The leading men are all pretty ugh, so it's nothing to leave you drooling over, but I liked Kate Winslet's Iris, and the nice story with her and the old man next door. The English town looks beautiful too, and her little cottage. The story gets a bit convenient right at the end and the logistics I can't even imagine, but it's all happy music and fade out by then, so I don't expect we are expected to think how the hell these relationships would ever work out. Nice little story and a few laughs. Cameron Diaz is good also, although I didn't love her character.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Despite initial reservations about any romantic comedy, especially one comprising Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, I was pleasantly and gladly surprised by this light humoured, touching film, directed and written by Nancy Meyer. Telling the story of two women who swap houses, one in Britain, one in the US, to escape love and men, they eventually find themselves falling in love with those closet to the woman's house they are living in. The plot itself is simple. So simple, that any average filmgoer will work out the ending before they have finished reading the blurb on the back of the DVD case. But despite this, "The Holiday" combines a touching, and although the phrase is perhaps the most over-used and cheesy, "heart-warming" event. The script is nothing clever, and the camera work is average. The acting is as expected and the humour silly and a times embarrassing for the viewer. Despite all this, throughout the film, you feel yourself slowing growing more attached to the characters, even though, in my personal case, I didn't want to. Jack Black is perhaps the funniest of the four. His good acting skills are often forgotten amongst his other starring roles as pandas, but his chemistry with Kate Winslet is excellent, and although he plays himself, as always he plays it very well. It would be silly to say that there is anything special about "The Holiday" but, unlike the majority of rom-coms, it does have a special quality. A quality which sets it above the rest, as the audience connect with all of the characters in a unique and individual way, whilst enjoying the kind, gentle, but nice and touching story which "The Holiday" delivers.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

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