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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

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Critic Reviews for The Holiday

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (39)

A leisurely feelgood rom-com.

December 30, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

December 8, 2006 | Rating: D
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.

December 8, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

...The story goes on at untoward length.

December 8, 2006 | Full Review…

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

December 8, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

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

December 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Holiday

Cameron Diaz and Jack Black are completely miscast in this interminable movie that only proves (again) what an awful writer and director Nancy Meyers is, incapable of defining the tone of her story and coming up with only lame characters, crappy lines and ludicrous situations.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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As chick flicks go, it's not bad. The leading men are all pretty ugh. I mean seriously, Jack Black looks and behaves like a demented cabbage patch kid all through this. The scene at the video store was cringe able. I have trouble picturing any woman being attracted to those looks and his honestly weird behavior. Ditto sleazy Jude Law whose character turns out to have two kids. Wow what a deal for beautiful, rich Amanda. I did like 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, I miss seeing her in comedies.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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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