Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 27 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Ultimately something of a softball satire, its climactic evocation of the "true meaning" of the holidays is surprisingly touching.
  2. 50
    Not an abomination, although it is uninspired and insipid. As such, it's perfect television fare.
  3. A flat parable about the virtues of homespun conformity and the perils of defying family tradition.
  4. Above all, Kranks lacks that basic kernel of credibility that even a goofy farce needs to work.
  5. A Christmas comedy where laughs and even Christmas joy are in short supply.
  6. Phony, disingenuous family entertainment, suffocated by its green bean casserole approach to Middle America, spineless cardboard characters and paper-thin plot "twists."
  7. 38
    They pull it off, but even if you believe in Santa, you'll never believe that this is any sort of holiday classic.
  8. Christmas with the Kranks is so calculated that it's pathetic, a warm-hearted holiday greeting card with not one scintilla of honest emotion inside.
  9. M. Emmet Walsh and Elizabeth Franz enliven the film as a couple across the street...These wonderful old actors briefly raise the level of the picture to the kind of warm but honest drama it ought to have been.
  10. In its hostile sitcom way, Christmas With the Kranks is a paranoid comic nightmare of conformity gone mad.
  11. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    30
    Curtis' considerable and diverse talents don't go entirely unused.
  12. 30
    It's hard to discern exactly whom this holiday tripe is for.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    30
    Other lumps of coal in this celluloid stocking include director Joe Roth's leaden pacing - like trudging through heavy snow - and screenwriter Chris Columbus' tireless affinity for pain gags.
  14. 30
    Hard not to pelt the screen with rotten fruit when confronted with a film like Christmas With The Kranks.
  15. It would be one thing if Christmas With the Kranks were a satire on the assaultive, bullying nature of contemporary Christmas celebration in this country, but it's not. It's an ugly glorification of it.
  16. 30
    In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but with "Surviving Christmas" still in theaters it's a close second.
  17. 25
    Doesn't have anything wrong with it that couldn't be fixed by adding Ebenezer Scrooge and Bad Santa to the cast. It's a holiday movie of stunning awfulness that gets even worse when it turns gooey at the end.
  18. Its main message is that everyone should believe and behave in exactly the same way. Groupthink wins again!
  19. 25
    A loud, coarse and witless family comedy.
  20. A lethargic, lurching holiday-themed comedy.
  21. Filled with overly processed situations it tries to sell with manic energy, "Kranks" is canned, hammy and rolling as fast as it can.
  22. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    For a comedian (Allen) who often seems to be calling it in, he's more lackluster than usual. Curtis is a bigger disappointment, especially after "Freaky Friday," in which she was funny, smart and cheeky.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    25
    Kranks is the type of grim holiday movie that reminds you of all that is noxious and insincere about the Christmas season and then chases it down with a sickly-sweet reversal
  24. Reviewed by: Akiva Gottlieb
    20
    Cringe-worthy spectacle.
  25. Bad can't begin to describe Christmas With the Kranks. It's sub-humbug.
  26. Everyone in the film is mean-spirited, manipulative and repulsive, and I'm only talking about the women! The men are much worse, particularly Dan Aykroyd.
  27. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    12
    Kranks is a feel-good movie in which every character is hateful (except, sigh, the cancer lady), and a Christmas movie too chickenhearted to mention Jesus.
  28. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    10
    An abysmal failure.
  29. As the year stumbles toward its conclusion and critics begin penning their best-and-worst compendiums, here's a holiday contender fit for the all-time Naughty List.
  30. When is a holiday stocking more like a smelly gym sock? When it's the malodorous Christmas With the Kranks, a so-called comedy stuffed with bigotry, intolerance and bullying.
  31. 0
    Egregiously mediocre and flagrantly ill-conceived in every department, this is, truly, the cinematic equivalent of finding a single solitary Saltine in your stocking and a pair of old tube socks beneath the tree. Humbug!
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 39
  2. Negative: 28 out of 39
  1. Dec 21, 2011
    0
    Stupid, silly and not funny. Great cast that have no chemistry together and it is easily one of the most uncreative experiences I have faced.Stupid, silly and not funny. Great cast that have no chemistry together and it is easily one of the most uncreative experiences I have faced. I give this movie 2%. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2011
    8
    I thought that this was really funny. There were a lot of funny moments in it, such as the part with the holiday ham. To me, it is anI thought that this was really funny. There were a lot of funny moments in it, such as the part with the holiday ham. To me, it is an unforgetably funny Christmas movie. Full Review »
  3. marshallm.
    Oct 18, 2005
    6
    Come on! its not the worst movie ever, thats waaay overdramatic, but hey, that's ur opinion, and mine is that this was an ok movie with Come on! its not the worst movie ever, thats waaay overdramatic, but hey, that's ur opinion, and mine is that this was an ok movie with SOME, yes, some funny parts. Full Review »