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  • Summary: No one enjoys the holidays more than Brad and Kate. Every December 25th, this happily unmarried, upscale San Francisco couple embark on a holiday tradition they have shared every year since they met—ditching their crazy families for a relaxing, fun-filled vacation in some sunny exotic locale. But not this year. Shorts and sunglasses packed, Brad and Kate are trapped at the San Francisco airport by a fogbank that cancels every outbound flight. Worse yet, they are caught on camera by a local news crew, revealing their whereabouts to the whole city…and to their families. With no escape and no excuses, they are now expected home by Brad’s father. And Kate’s mother. And Brad’s mother. And Kate’s father. Four Christmases in one day. (New Line Cinema) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 10 out of 27
  1. Four Christmases works because of some genuinely funny setups, a pace that never dwells on one gag (or even one family) too long and a careful mix of slapstick and bawdy humor. But mostly, the film works because of the astonishing acting talent the filmmakers brought together to make it.
  2. 70
    Refreshingly tart and lean, forgoing the usual schmaltz and syrup.
  3. 50
    We got two gold-record singers and they don't sing? So? We got five Oscar-winning actors, and they don't need to act much.
  4. 42
    The result is two bad movies in one: a gimmicky romantic comedy, and one of those seasonal headaches that submits loud family dysfunction as a vehicle for Christmas cheer.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Oddly misanthropic, occasionally amusing but thoroughly cheerless holiday attraction that is in no way a family film.
  6. Bad enough to create one of the most joyless Christmas movies ever, but then to go for an unearned feel-good ending adds insult to injury.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    10
    The movie doesn't offer a single surprise within its scant 82 minutes, which feel like at least twice that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. MitchA.
    Dec 3, 2008
    10
    Great holiday film. Vaughn and Witherspoon are a delightful comedic duo to say the least. Hilarious!
  2. ErvG.
    Nov 29, 2008
    9
    It was a very funny movie!!! The had a blast watching it and my girlfriend enjoy it too. Vince Vaughn steal the show!!! Some very funny familiar situations. Expand
  3. ToniW.
    Dec 6, 2009
    7
    Very Funny!!!!
  4. Nov 15, 2012
    4
    It's an absolute bore. We've got a bunch of good people working off a sucky script, and that always leads to bad stuff.
  5. Sep 2, 2012
    2
    Okay lets begin. The movie's first lets say 15 minutes was okay the rest dreadful and painful. The movie went into low gear after 20 minutes and stayed there the rest of time. Almost feel asleep. Expand
  6. Viki
    Dec 20, 2008
    2
    Vince Vaugh and Reese Witherspoon makes the worst couple ever on screen, worse than 'The Breakup'. This movie is a typical xmas genre with spills and kills you'd expect from the trying to survive actor Vince Vaugh. Rent a movie at home. Expand
  7. Rick
    Nov 26, 2008
    0
    This movie is so bad that you will feel you're degrading yourself if you haven't walked out of the theater before an hour has passed. If this is what passes for holiday fare these days, we should feel no loss if Babylon should be destroyed in the next earthquake/mudslide/firestorm. Expand

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