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This Christmas Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 1, 2007
o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 29, 2007
This is good-natured, determinedly aspirational African-American entertainment, but did it have to be quite so heavy on the clichés?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2007
I could actually see this becoming kind of a minor perennial during the holidays.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 24, 2007
If the real-life Christmas experience tends too often to be marred by the rude contradiction between expectations and reality, movies like the ultra-bland holiday family movie This Christmas are at least partly to blame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
November 23, 2007
An incoherent mess in which scenes of teary reconciliations sit uncomfortably next to protracted gags involving catfights, car wrecks and a big bottle of baby oil.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 21, 2007
Christmas won't wow anyone with its audacity or originality, but it's bound to make plenty of people happy with its slick, crowd-pleasing familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2007
This carefully observed film has lots of heart.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2007
This Christmas is not your typical family holiday movie, and thank goodness for that. It's warm, witty and alive, with a fantastic cast and a belief in its characters that transcends its formulaic tendencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 21, 2007
The movie doesn't idealize, which makes it ideal.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 21, 2007
There is a familiar quality to the multi-generational family holiday homecoming that nicely blends drama and comedy. It's a cut above the standard heartwarming fare that fills theaters this time of year.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
November 21, 2007
This Christmas includes more family melodrama than all the holiday-homecoming flicks from the past decade combined.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 21, 2007
At two full hours it can feel as exhausting as a holiday dinner with your own family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 21, 2007
Loretta Devine is a treasure as the no-nonsense mother, and Delroy Lindo is as delightful as ever as her longtime beau -- give these two old pros a whole movie about late-in-life romance and we'd all be happy.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2007
There's so much wrong going on, things start to feel forced.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 21, 2007
A family movie that holds few surprises but an abundance of hope and goodwill.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
What's surprising is how well Whitmore, the director, manages to direct traffic... It's sort of a screwball-comedy effect, but with a heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 21, 2007
One of those overstaffed, overstuffed 'when do we eat?' holiday dramedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
November 21, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 20, 2007
A warm and warmed-over collection of holiday-movie cliches packaged in a movie about a large extended black family.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2007
Overstuffed, formulaic but very easy to take.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2007
At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 20, 2007
Writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II serves up an overstuffed but satisfying Yuletide comedy-drama with a fine cast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
November 20, 2007
The cast has spirit, but the dialogue and situations are phonier than the Yule log on TV.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2007
Animated acting and the sheer chaos of this squabbling family give the film a comic buoyancy.
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October 26, 2007
A rare holiday treat, a package that's both thoughtfully selected and sure to please its intended recipients.