Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 10 out of 27
  1. 30
    This year's entry in this lowly subgenre is Four Christmases, a D-list comedy with A-list actors.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    The movie doesn't offer a single surprise within its scant 82 minutes, which feel like at least twice that.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Alas, there's scarcely a moment of ingenuity or surprise in this tale of the supremely smug, unmarried-but-made-for-each-other Brad and Kate.
  5. 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.
  6. Vaughn delivers every line with his usual deadpan glibness, which suits the part. But I smiled as I watched the big-bellied, multi-chinned actor connecting with the porcelain, model-thin Witherspoon.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Cammila Albertson
    It's well acted and it's entertaining -- and who can resist a movie where Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are brothers, and Robert Duvall is their dad?
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The film has its funny moments, but they are too few to make the holiday excursion worthwhile.
  10. 50
    Four Christmases is waste of time and a disappointment, but it's also relatively painless.
  11. A generic oven-stuffer that wants to be a stocking-stuffer, is a turkey, despite the foil wrapping and some artfully deployed tinsel.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Four Christmases is essentially "Meet the Parents" quadrupled.
  13. As Vaughn's therapist mother, Sissy Spacek comes off best. But she's a rare bird of whom it truly can be said: She's always good. No matter how grim the material.
  14. 25
    Four Christmases is sour to the point of curdling, a satirical look at the holidays a la "Bad Santa" that does exactly what that film avoided: come off as both off-puttingly misanthropic and gloppily sentimental.
  15. This is a movie of excesses that doesn't know when to settle down. It aims to be a slapstick comedy, a romantic comedy and a plain old romance but falls short of each goal.
  16. 12
    The movie boasts five Oscar winners. That figure exceeds by five the number of times I laughed at this cheap collection of icky jokes.
  17. Like the last gift buried under singing Billy Bass fish, dancing Coke cans, joke books and mounds of wrapping paper, there's a glimmer of fun in Four Christmases that almost gets vacuumed up with the tinsel.
  18. It's pleasantly funny, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, from start to finish, even when it's staging broad, easy gags about baby barf and fat kids.
  19. Neither clever nor heartwarming, Four Christmases is the coal in the stocking of holiday movies.
  20. 70
    Gordon's best not-so-secret weapons, though, are his two stars: Vaughn and Witherspoon are an inspired pairing, not least because they're such a mismatched set of salt-and-pepper shakers.
  21. 70
    Refreshingly tart and lean, forgoing the usual schmaltz and syrup.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oddly misanthropic, occasionally amusing but thoroughly cheerless holiday attraction that is in no way a family film.
  23. 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.
  24. 40
    To put it in the best light possible, I recommend thinking of Four Christmases not so much as a really short movie but as a very special holiday episode of a sitcom.
  25. Reviewed by: Dan Zak
    The only laughs come from Vaughn, a master of ingratiation. Witherspoon is no Roz Russell or Lucille Ball. But she fills space nicely.
  26. 50
    This is marginally better than most, with a few offbeat comic ideas, a reliably droll performance from Vaughn, and, as the parents, four watchable old troupers in search of a fat paycheck.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 10 out of 26
  1. Sep 2, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    Four Christmases.
    A very unoriginal concept with very poor writing. The laughs are prevalent but not amazing, and the characters are over the
    top and unbelievable. Full Review »
  3. Oct 20, 2013
    I'm a big fan of both Witherspoon and Vaughn together onscreen and I definitely love Four Christmases. It was charming, very funny, much more different than any classic holiday movie like "Jingle All The Way" or "Elf." But if I spend my four christmases together when Thanksgiving is over maybe it's the best time to unwrap presents early. Full Review »