Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 5 out of 28
  1. Cage is a wonderful light comedian; were someone to remake "It's a Wonderful Life," he'd be on the short list for the role of George Bailey. And Leoni is Donna Reed, reborn.
  2. Cage and Leoni make it offbeat.
  3. Cage gives a performance that invites audiences to lay cynicism aside in a romantic fable.
  4. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    A warm, glossy holiday fable that hits some surprisingly sweet notes.
  5. 70
    A surprisingly charming fable.
  6. 63
    Sweet, light entertainment, but could have been more.
  7. 63
    Despite solid acting, it's a fantasy for those who don't know jack about what really makes for a wonderful life.
  8. A holiday fable that's not destined for immortality but goes down more easily than most of the pap Hollywood tries to feed us every Christmas.
  9. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    What charm, quirkiness and warmth the movie possesses is due largely to them (Cage and Leoni).
  10. 50
    I didn't believe it, and I don't think the people who made The Family Man did either.
  11. 50
    Sidesteps from the premise of "It's a Wonderful Life" far enough to avoid copyright charges, but not far enough to avoid unfavorable comparisons
  12. 50
    Beyond the cliched diaper-changing scenes and the oh-so-predictable romantic complications, the film inadvertently insults its presumed target audience.
  13. 50
    You can't just rework a beloved Christmas classic, set it in reverse and expect it to run smoothly.
  14. 50
    Has the airiness of a well-made souffle, springing delicate small surprises at calibrated intervals.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    A film that's fun to argue with.
  16. A holiday film Joe Lieberman could love, unembarrassed by its wholesome, sugary pro-family message.
  17. 40
    But in the end conventional sentiment, rather than any actual morality, is all that the script for The Family Man (by David Diamond and David Weissman) has to offer.
  18. 40
    Starting to feel sick? Just you wait.
  19. It's an easier movie to tolerate than it should be if, like me, you're in love with Téa Leoni, who, as a lithe, lusty, strangely patient firecracker Superwife in a shag, rescues the movie from the tar pit of irrelevance. With some decent lines, she could be the new Myrna Loy.
  20. It's a plot more worn out than the tinsel boxed up in the attic. In the end, they've given us a Christmas gift barely worth returning.
  21. Not even a sincere and heroic effort by Nicolas Cage can redeem the film's essential phoniness.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A slickly produced slice of sentimental hokum that borrows freely from a half-dozen or so other, better feel-good fantasies.
  23. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Sitting through it is like waking up on Christmas morning to find a stockingful of styrofoam.
  24. 30
    A piece of moldy wax fruit if ever there was one.
  25. Nothing more, or less, than a cheap, dirty grab at our Christmas spirit.
  26. At first I thought I was watching yet another version of "A Christmas Carol"; then I wondered if it was a remake of "It's a Wonderful Life"; finally I gave up trying to find anything at all in it that was unfamiliar.
  27. Reviewed by: David D'Arcy
    What were they thinking?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Dec 10, 2012
    A fantastic movie. Do you want to feel the magic of emotions? Watch this movie opening your heart... Much more better than "Sliding doors", another planet. Trust me, enjoy this movie... Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2010
    I hate Nicholas Cage, he's a crappy actor and this movie showed his true talent in a generic family movie with as evidenced by the title of the movie. I watched this movie in class for God's sake, and everyone started laughing at me in my class because they all knew my hatred of Cage. Full Review »