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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 25, 2013
    25
    Tiresome cavalcade of bickering — which feels like it lasts even longer than your typical Thanksgiving dinner.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Writer-director Will Slocombe presents a familiar buffet, but there’s good stuff to pick over.
  3. 70
    Cold Turkey is a simmering piece of holiday dystopia with a good, scorching boil-over.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Nov 13, 2013
    40
    Cold Turkey is well-acted, and at times even well-observed, but about 20 minutes of the material actually matters, and the rest is mere putter.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Plenty of families harbor resentments, but the goings-on here become ridiculous. Which is too bad, because Cold Turkey has the seeds of a good movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Cold Turkey has some fine actors who put effort into their roles, but it’s getting harder and harder to care about or laugh at adult characters who have botched up their affluent lives and are still obsessed with events from childhood.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Dec 24, 2013
    75
    Slocombe may not carve up his kin for Cold Turkey, but he serves a wry repast.
  8. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 19, 2013
    20
    Writer-director Will Slocombe preaches the values of laying resentments on the table, but with no true wisdom or novelty to offer, he’s merely served an instantly forgettable slice of cinema de dysfunction.
  9. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Nov 19, 2013
    40
    As a whole, Cold Turkey is too busy and offers no fresh insight on the inner hysteria of seemingly upright WASPs. The actors work hard, but their roles are mostly one-note. It's Witt who generates the laughs and the pathos.
  10. Reviewed by: Veronika Ferdman
    Nov 19, 2013
    38
    While featuring much screaming, accusations, collision of agendas, and the exhuming of dirty secrets, the film remains emotionally tone deaf.

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