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The Holiday Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
December 30, 2006
A leisurely feelgood rom-com.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 8, 2006
There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.
Read More | Original Score: D
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 8, 2006
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 8, 2006
...The story goes on at untoward length.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2006
...The surprises would be surprises only if this is, like, your fourth movie ever.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
December 8, 2006
Like her near namesake, Meyers has quite a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 8, 2006
...It's the women who come out the worst in Meyers's sexist worldview, where men are hopeless and women are helpless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 8, 2006
Winslet, who's never done a Hollywood romantic comedy before, turns out to be a natural, blushing prettily and smiling so broadly the camera seems ready to embrace her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
December 8, 2006
The Holiday suffers from a dreary predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 8, 2006
It is a fizzy champagne cocktail that provides a pleasant buzz, many smiles, and Jude Law with the role of his career.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 8, 2006
Any holiday movie with a dollop of sweetness and a touch of wistful deserves a little slack at this time of year. This one is pleasant enough, but The Holiday won't be one you'll remember after the eggnog has worn off.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 8, 2006
The movie, which runs two hours-plus, has its highs and lulls, but the charismatic cast offsets flawed storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 8, 2006
Complaining about the gooey and generic The Holiday is as useless as railing against fruitcake -- this is a slick, throwaway chick flick designed to provide nothing more than mindless diversion between bouts of shopping.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 8, 2006
The Holiday is a harmlessly cheery confection.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 8, 2006
The Holiday has the materialist airhead brightness of a Christmas department store window, with handsomely outfitted mannequins arranged around an artificial fire. It's glamorous and sentimental but it doesn't touch the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
December 8, 2006
This melding of comedic minds is one of the better holiday gifts we've received, cinematically speaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 8, 2006
The Holiday, like the holidays, will require some girding up, and is best met halfway with a self-immunizing smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 8, 2006
Obviously intended as a romantic throwback to the good old days of Hollywood, The Holiday instead comes off as a self-indulgent, insipid piece of seasonal trash.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 8, 2006
The Holiday is as advertised: a respite from everyday demands and acquired cynicism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 8, 2006
The Holiday isn't a great movie, but it should appeal to those who like their movies comfortably upholstered and primed to tug at the heart strings.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 8, 2006
The Holiday is a lark, with pretensions to be more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 7, 2006
Meyers' movies would be far less offensive if they were simply shiny, shallow entertainments. But they always read like pronouncements, monitor readings of how 'real' women think and feel.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 7, 2006
If you're willing to embrace a bit of corniness for the sake of some incisive humor, a few poignant moments and enjoyable scenarios, make time for The Holiday.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2006
Like a magic trick in reverse, The Holiday reveals the mechanics of the formula while trying to keep up the illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 7, 2006
The Holiday is a tale of two women, two houses, two love interests -- Jude Law pairs with Cameron Diaz, Jack Black gets lucky with Kate Winslet -- but it's also about movie love.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 7, 2006
Sappy, sugary, star-driven, The Holiday is a confection right off the Hollywood assembly line.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 7, 2006
Give yourself a holiday and avoid this movie.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 7, 2006
This overproduced romantic comedy doesn't even qualify as fluff; it's flat, featureless plastic.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 7, 2006
What The Holiday has going for it is that it's funny when it wants to be, heartwarming when it needs to be and impeccably acted throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 7, 2006
By the time The Holiday entered its final stretch, I was wishing I could perform a house swap on this whole movie and settle down in the comfy environs of The Philadelphia Story instead.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 7, 2006
You wonder if [director] Meyers was so focused on establishing her main characters as frustrated, lonely and wanting that she forgot about the 'interesting' part.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 7, 2006
The problem is that happy endings this strident and overextended begin to seem somewhat desperate.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 7, 2006
The actors, pros one and all, operate in some weird, bubbly dimension that is someone's notion of how people behave in romantic comedies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 6, 2006
Eat up, chick-flickaholics! Even if you know it's not good for you.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 6, 2006
A movie so loaded with charm that it makes you glow all over and puts a smile in your heart.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 5, 2006
Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 5, 2006
It can also be undeniably charming, so you may as well just check your cynicism at the door and surrender.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 1, 2006
A Yuletide chick flick with plenty of heart.
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 1, 2006
Lusciously crafted at every level, from Dean Cundey's flattering cinematography to the even more flattering selection of L.A. and U.K. locations.