Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 15 out of 22
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  1. The sheer nastiness of the jealous one-upmanship and angry sabotage puts a damper on the yuletide comedy. You're much better off watching a DVD of "Bad Santa."
  2. 63
    It is a better option than the third "Santa Clause."
  3. Isn't exactly what you'd call fresh. But although it borrows ingredients from many familiar Christmas flicks, it's got a sly twinkle of its own.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Filled with forced yuletide cheer and mixed messages about the true meaning of Christmas, this loud and obnoxious holiday comedy boasts a fine cast and little else.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    38
    Nobody expects every holiday film to ascend to classic status; in fact, we're happy to let most fade from memory as soon as the decorations are taken off the trees. We can, however, demand they live up to a certain level of fun, thereby allowing parents to watch along with their kids without plotting the most direct route to the exit.
  6. Broderick is uptight; DeVito is obnoxious; and, somewhere, Nathan Lane is thanking his lucky stars he didn't get roped into this dreck.
  7. 25
    When it comes to comedy, Deck the Halls is remarkably tedious.
  8. Belongs in the holiday hall of shame.
  9. In this year's lump of coal, Matthew Broderick is the control freak who lives for toasty yuletide cheer, and Danny DeVito is the vulgar pest who wants his holiday lights seen from space. The dueling-neighbor crankfest is blah.
  10. It is so contrived and utterly stupid in every way that it surely must be the nadir of the genre.
  11. 0
    There isn't an earned moment of uplift or laughter in the movie. Everything in it is prefab.
  12. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    Though DeVito and Chenoweth bring a rough plebeian charm to the proceedings, it's nothing short of tragic to see the great Ferris Bueller relegated to grimacing straight man.
  13. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    40
    Like a fatally snarled string of Christmas lights, Deck the Halls promises holiday cheer but delivers only frustration.
  14. 10
    This one follows the depressing pattern of "Surviving Christmas" and "Christmas With the Kranks": enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.
  15. 25
    A rancid new Yuletide comedy.
  16. 38
    Unfortunately, this dimwit concept barely has enough spark to power a single strand of Christmas lights, much less rival the classic-by-comparison "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" in side-splitting Yuletide snafus.
  17. Can be described as whatever is the opposite of a Christmas classic.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    25
    The saddest part is that "Deck" wastes four comic talents ranging from the near-genius (Matthew Broderick, Danny DeVito) to the inspired (Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth ) to the charming (Kristin Davis of "Sex and the City").
  19. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    30
    What's interesting about typical Hollywood Christmas movies is that regardless of how crass, vulgar, or mean-spirited they may be, by the last scene they will inevitably try to wrap viewers in a blanket of warm seasonal cheer.
  20. 40
    Mr. Broderick and Mr. DeVito look tired and out of sorts, and you can hardly blame them, given the picture's inept, curdled mixture of sappiness and crude humor.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    A lifeless, workmanlike comedy conceived to provide holiday shoppers an inoffensive respite from the mall.
  22. I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank.
User Score
5.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    I love this movie it really puts you in the Christmas spirit. This is so amazing and has loads of up and down moments when you end up laughingI love this movie it really puts you in the Christmas spirit. This is so amazing and has loads of up and down moments when you end up laughing out load at those two fools! This movie boasts an amazing cast with a fantastic story line and such funny moments. Matthew Brodrick is amazing and you really have to watch this one guys! Full Review »
  2. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    The cast is so awesome in this movie! The jokes are so savage and I just L.O.V.E. every part of this movie, it is one of those films that youThe cast is so awesome in this movie! The jokes are so savage and I just L.O.V.E. every part of this movie, it is one of those films that you can just watch over and over and not get bored! An awesome movie that really puts you in the mood for Santa to come! Full Review »
  3. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    This is such an amazing movie, we really did love this movie here. The film has such a true story line, with an amazing cast and so manyThis is such an amazing movie, we really did love this movie here. The film has such a true story line, with an amazing cast and so many laugh-out-loud moments that are going to have you and your family rocking around the Christmas tree! Full Review »