The Holiday Reviews

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April 2, 2019
You begin to suspect that Meyers isn't actually a movie director at all, but a features coordinator at World of Interiors.
April 2, 2019
The Holiday is as corny as it gets, but in a cinemascape full of macho grunting and aggressive irony, Meyers is perhaps right to believe that corniness is what women - and their boyfriends - will be wanting...
December 27, 2018
What makes The Holiday interesting - and worth reexamining more than a decade after its release - is that unlike most holiday-themed movies, it exhorts the viewer to take time for themselves, not just others. It's the ultimate self-care flick.
February 3, 2007
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.
December 30, 2006
A leisurely feelgood rom-com.
December 30, 2006
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.
December 30, 2006
The Holiday's redeeming feature (and it's a considerable one) is the 91-year-old Eli Wallach's astute and endearing performance.
December 30, 2006
This romantic comedy ends up feeling soggy, syrupy and so bloating it'll put you to sleep before the pudding's done.
December 8, 2006
There's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday -- it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.
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.
December 8, 2006
...The story goes on at untoward length.
December 8, 2006
...The surprises would be surprises only if this is, like, your fourth movie ever.
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.
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.
December 8, 2006
The Holiday suffers from a dreary predictability.
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.
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.
December 8, 2006
The movie, which runs two hours-plus, has its highs and lulls, but the charismatic cast offsets flawed storytelling.
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.
December 8, 2006
The Holiday is a harmlessly cheery confection.
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