This Christmas Reviews

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November 16, 2011
September 7, 2011
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.
November 30, 2007
If you like schmaltzy, music-saturated family movies, This Christmas will set all the right bells jingling.
November 30, 2007
It's formulaic and corny as hell, but a top-notch cast keep this festive family drama believable - just.
November 29, 2007
Don't expect realism from this frothy little number, but do expect a bit of heart-warming cheer courtesy of romantic unions, overcome prejudices, reconciled enemies and general peace and understanding.
November 29, 2007
This is good-natured, determinedly aspirational African-American entertainment, but did it have to be quite so heavy on the clichs?
November 27, 2007
I could actually see this becoming kind of a minor perennial during the holidays.
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2007
This carefully observed film has lots of heart.
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.
November 21, 2007
The movie doesn't idealize, which makes it ideal.
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.
November 21, 2007
This Christmas includes more family melodrama than all the holiday-homecoming flicks from the past decade combined.
November 21, 2007
At two full hours it can feel as exhausting as a holiday dinner with your own family.
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.
November 21, 2007
There's so much wrong going on, things start to feel forced.
November 21, 2007
A family movie that holds few surprises but an abundance of hope and goodwill.
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