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  • Summary: Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham (Affleck) decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to recall the family holidays of his youth. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew's family. (DreamWorks)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 22 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    63
    As light, fluffy, cockle-warming holiday entertainment, this thing is pretty sweet.
  2. 50
    Another go-round for the premise of an overaged kid insinuating himself into a stranger's family.
  3. 40
    Affleck's psychotic enthusiasm aside, no one seems to be having a good time, and the ill will becomes infectious.
  4. Ben Affleck's goose is cooked with Surviving Christmas, a movie that makes "Gigli" look like one of the crowning moments in his career.
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    20
    Affleck may finally have found a use for his obnoxious personality, because Drew is amazingly annoying.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    An almost mirth-free, poorly conceived comedy destined to offer Ben Affleck bashers satchels full of new ammunition.
  7. 0
    This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Dec 24, 2014
    4
    Surviving Christmas is pretty much your standard overly sentimental festive movie and, despite its fairly impressive cast that includes theSurviving Christmas is pretty much your standard overly sentimental festive movie and, despite its fairly impressive cast that includes the late James Gandolfini and Ben Affleck, it is not a particularly memorable one.

    Watched at the right time of the year it's not all bad but it makes no attempt to do anything daring or remotely original and its hard to imagine anyone adding it to their list of regular Christmas movies.
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