Overwhelming dislike - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 22 out of 29
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  1. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    As light, fluffy, cockle-warming holiday entertainment, this thing is pretty sweet.
  2. There are a few amusing moments, helped by subdued performances from Affleck and Gandolfini, but this is no "Bad Santa" despite its obvious ambition to play similar holiday tricks.
  3. This is pseudo-cynical comedy, however, not social satire. All the sharp corners are smoothed over and what's left is little more than a big screen sitcom.
  4. 50
    Another go-round for the premise of an overaged kid insinuating himself into a stranger's family.
  5. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Just like many real-life holiday get-togethers with the family, this comedy starts out pleasantly enough but degenerates into awkwardness and furtive watch-checking to see how much longer you have to suffer before you can leave.
  6. Cynical yet mildly amusing Yuletide-season comedy.
  7. 40
    Affleck's psychotic enthusiasm aside, no one seems to be having a good time, and the ill will becomes infectious.
  8. 38
    Can't decide whether it wants to be a black comedy, dumb farce, or sentimental sit-com.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Some screwball moments elicit a chuckle or two, but the script is weak and the characterizations clichéd.
  10. As you watch the comedy lurch along, the woozy, sinking sensation it produces suggests a movie slapped together after the consumption of far too many gallons of that spiked eggnog.
  11. Absolutely awesome in its relentless mediocrity.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    A dismally formulaic hodgepodge of crude humor and wan attempts to tug at the heart.
  13. Reviewed by: Darel Jevens
    Pulling off a premise this creepy and cockamamie would require a lot of skill, far more than can be found in the director of "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" and the writers of "A Very Brady Sequel."
  14. Remember that the director, the renowned Mike Mitchell, is the genius who helmed "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," and be sufficiently generous to accept that such a high level of excellence is hard to sustain.
  15. Ben Affleck's goose is cooked with Surviving Christmas, a movie that makes "Gigli" look like one of the crowning moments in his career.
  16. Everything about it is manufactured -- the emotions are false, the sentiments are phony, and the story is a construction of mirthless silliness. It's a product, not a creative expression.
  17. 25
    Bad enough to make even James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara seem dull.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    An almost mirth-free, poorly conceived comedy destined to offer Ben Affleck bashers satchels full of new ammunition.
  20. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Affleck may finally have found a use for his obnoxious personality, because Drew is amazingly annoying.
  21. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    As it is, an unbearably irritating, shouty, gurning Affleck takes the anaemic script and injects it with strychnine.
  22. 12
    It's the sort of stupid swill that gets spewed out by a studio committee, slapped together without a brain, a heart, or a good idea about where to put a camera or when to cut a scene.
  23. 10
    It's screen comedy at the end of its tether, Capra-corn gone rancid.
  24. A lame comic premise, a tiresome-bordering-on-obnoxious protagonist and a script devoid of humor is a lot to overcome for any movie, and Surviving Christmas is not the one to do it.
  25. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The folks who served up this formulaic swill seem to think comedy grants you a free pass from credibility. Our lonely hero's artificial Yuletide enthusiasm is more than odd: it's not recognizably human.
  26. 0
    This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound.
  27. 0
    A crass, shrill and laughless disaster of a holiday comedy with a desperately mugging Ben Affleck that should be banned under the Geneva Convention.
  28. So bad you're nostalgic for "Gigli." So painful you need an epidural. So mindless you'll lose yours wondering, "What were they thinking?"
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Dec 24, 2014
    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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