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6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 7 out of 36

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Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
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  1. Is A Christmas Tale a masterpiece? Maybe. I have to play with it longer. It's certainly Desplechin's most accessible film, in part because its dysfunctional-family-holiday-reunion genre is so comfy and its palette so warm.
  2. Reviewed by: Bernard Besserglik
    70
    Despite the name recognition of such actors as Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric, foreign audiences might be deterred by the movie's 143-minute length and the profusion of characters and interwoven story lines.
  3. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Largely thanks to the snappy editing, short scenes and a strong cast led by a matronly Deveuve and Amalric's enjoyable perf as the black sheep of the family, A Christmas Tale never devolves into a tedious two-and-a-half hours of self-examination. But it also never goes very far, either.