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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. Wrenches paltry giggles and cheap warmth from a screenplay that makes "Son in Law" seem like Sam Shepard. But wretched Affleck is the real liability.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    20
    As it is, an unbearably irritating, shouty, gurning Affleck takes the anaemic script and injects it with strychnine.
  7. So bad you're nostalgic for "Gigli." So painful you need an epidural. So mindless you'll lose yours wondering, "What were they thinking?"

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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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