Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
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  1. The title refers to the commercialization of just about everything in modern society, and Ferrara brings touches of his ornery filmmaking imagination to bear on the pessimistic parable.
  2. Despite the intriguing potential, the end result is a queasy stalemate.
  3. 60
    Cinematographer Ken Kelsch, Ferrara's frequent collaborator, picks up the theme of overlapping lives by layering images within scenes -- the ongoing interplay of reflections and shadows is breathtaking -- and through slow, shimmering dissolves.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    Despite some hazy plot points, the tough, compelling drama comes together quite satisfyingly, standing alongside 1996's "The Funeral" as perhaps the most controlled and cohesive of Ferrara's uneven work of recent years.
  5. 60
    Like any self-respecting Ferrara film, 'R Xmas has its intimations of hellfire, yet it's a weirdly benign Christmas fable -- something like "Miracle on 134th Street."
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Ice-T
    Nov 12, 2005
    10
    My movies rock!
  2. GilbertMulroneycakesAndFriends
    Dec 6, 2002
    6
    What the hell is that title all about? I assume I'd get it if I was blacklatinItalian American. But I'm not, so I don't. What the hell is that title all about? I assume I'd get it if I was blacklatinItalian American. But I'm not, so I don't. Anyway, the film. Not bad. But not great. A teensy bit gratuitous and unecessary. Watchable enough. Full Review »