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  • Summary: The new Harold & Kumar comedy picks up six years after the duo's last adventure. After years of growing apart, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar's door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold's house ends with the "high grade" contents—and Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree— going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree almost blows Christmas Eve sky high. (Mew Line Cinema)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 3, 2011
    100
    Merrily outrageous, over-the-top fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Nov 2, 2011
    83
    The filmmakers throw everything at the audience, literally and metaphorically, and the results are exhilarating rather than exhausting.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 3, 2011
    75
    Because the "Harold & Kumar'' universe seesaws so delicately between the subversively smart and the ineffably stupid, even the lamest jokes get a witty spin - and even the cleverest ideas can turn into groaners.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Nov 3, 2011
    63
    Think of it as"Airplane"! with controlled substances.
  5. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 8, 2011
    60
    This is no family-friendly "Peanuts" special.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 3, 2011
    60
    What you would expect from the third film in an unlikely franchise: less of the same.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 3, 2011
    25
    We're getting more of the same, but less of the impact, like weed from a bad dealer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    This movie was very funny. The problem was that it was very short but it was indeed very funny. They made good use of the 3-D and some of the parts were entertaining. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2012
    9
    A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas takes place about 3 years after the Guantanamo Bay movie and Harold and Kumar are reunited again to endure a journey unlike any other. The jokes were really funny, and the vulgarity was great as well. The plot wasn't as exciting as the second one but then again what else are you gonna do. Neil Patrick Harris is barely in it even though he is on the front cover of the DVD and his part was definitely one of the better parts of it. Go buy this movie and get the guys together because the women won't be there. Expand
  3. Nov 6, 2011
    8
    Leaving Guantanamo Bay in the distant past, Harold and Kumar return this year in a holiday stoner movie, two movie subjects that will narrow the audience for it. If you liked the first two don't hesitate on this one. It was great being able to sit down in a real comedy this year and start laughing from the start. With less pot smoking then our two heros are used to they pull off a fantastic Christmas comedy that I haven't seen since "Bad Santa" and "Elf" in 2003. They used the fad of 3D to their advantage by abusing it so much that its hysterical. If your on the fence about it and dont mind a fake prosthetic penis frozen to a pole, go see it. If you have a problem with what you just imagined, don't. Expand
  4. Nov 9, 2011
    7
    With their first two outings receiving mostly critical acclaim for its outlandish and borderline offensive comedy; Harold and Kumar returns in a comedy that hits the spot. Mostly more offensive and outlandish in every way, the movie never seems distasteful or over the top. The story is classic Harold and Kumar, and the comedy finds a happy medium. There are some terribly funny parts in this film, bur there are also some instances of strange discourse. This film is great, but as so many others have stated; it falls short of the first two. The first will still stand as one of my favorite comedies of all time, and it still makes me laugh. I will no doubt laugh at this one during another watch; but it just doesn't have the staying power of the first two. Good movie though. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2012
    7
    I was a HUGE fan of the first 2 H&K movies, so funny, great drug references, This movie started out a little slow, and I was pretty disipointed at the setting, I wanted H and K to be as close as they were in the last movie, and I was sad about that. The soundtrack in this movie made me sad, because I loved the soundtrack in the other two, didn't really like this one. Even though this movie started a little slow, it ended up really good and I really really enjoyed it. NPH was awesome as always! and the new characters they added were great. I hope they spend a little more time on making a fourth one, and I reeeeally hope they do make a fourth one. Good movie. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    6
    After watching this Christmas feature film will make you wish you had a Waffle Bot in your very own home immediately!

    A Very Harold and Kumar
    Christmas had me laughing at times with the hilarious dialogue from actors like Bobby Lee, Kal Penn, and the one and only Neil Patrick Harris. But in all honesty, most of the humour in the film made me felt quite dirty with its stupidity and shocking content. Seriously, what's with the penis (one was done in claymation and the other was fake) and boob shots in this film? I don't remember seeing any nudity at all in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. I do not mind gross and dumb comedies for most cases, but A Very Harold and Kumar's Christmas felt mildly forced to boost up the shock value this time around. The shocking sequences was not the only aspect that felt forced in the film, the edit pacing and certain plots were in a rushing temptation as you were watching it. As for the 3D of Harold and Kumar's first Christmas feature film, you begin to laugh when the movie itself abuses the use of 3D. Some of the beginning sequences were hysterical when the 3D becomes part of those scenes, though it becomes a tiresome gimmick when you watch the rest of the movieâ Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2011
    0
    Crap! This movie was total crap. Hollywood truly sucks right now. They spew out mindless, unimaginative, and tasteless garbage and pay critics to say it's good, or "hilarious" (seriously Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times??? A 90???). I went to see this movie based solely on the Metacritic score, and boy did this score miss the mark! It was tedious, boring, tired, poorly written, directed, acted...etc. The ONLY time I chuckled (or anyone else in the theatre chuckled) was during the clay-mation sequence. That's it! AVOID THIS FILM AT ALL COSTS! Expand

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