Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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Critic Reviews

  1. Though Mr. Billingsley, Mr. Gavin, Miss Dillon and the actress who plays Ralphie's school teacher are all very able, they are less funny than actors in a television situation comedy that one has chosen to watch with the sound turned off.
  2. 60
    Director Bob Clark teamed with nostalgic humorist Jean Shepherd for this squeaky clean and often quite funny 1983 yuletide comedy, adapted from Shepherd's novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.
  3. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Stephen Godfrey
    50
    Needless to say, what's refreshing about A Christmas Story is subversive to the sepia-toned and loving references to the forties which director Bob Clark has provided for the film. The fictional Parker family that Shepherd has written about for 20 years is not as gentle or gauzy as they first appear. It's possible to imagine them so preoccupied with their own problems, whether dealing with the neighbor's dogs or winning a mail- order contest, that they could forget Christmas altogether. [25 Nov 1983, p.E5]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    8
    A Christmas story is that holiday movie staple that never comes out of your shelf except around December 25th, yet when it is watched, it isA Christmas story is that holiday movie staple that never comes out of your shelf except around December 25th, yet when it is watched, it is thoroughly enjoyed and looked upon with hilarity and even possibly nostalgia. Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2016
    8
    This is one of my favorite christmas movies as it shows how young boy just wants to get a b.b gun, but he justs keeps getting told, you'llThis is one of my favorite christmas movies as it shows how young boy just wants to get a b.b gun, but he justs keeps getting told, you'll shot your eye out. Plus I like the other events that happen in this film, and it has funny moments. Full Review »
  3. Feb 5, 2016
    8
    A Christmas Story develops such a story to one of the best Christmas movies everyone can ever see. How many times do you think about it andA Christmas Story develops such a story to one of the best Christmas movies everyone can ever see. How many times do you think about it and how many times do you watch it? If you watch it a lot, you're going to love it. Full Review »