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  • Summary: Adult siblings must deal with the desire of their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges. (Tribeca Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Dec 6, 2012
    80
    Mr. Burns shuffles this dense material with the dexterity of a card shark. The pace, although swift, is never rushed. The writing and acting give you vivid enough tastes of the characters - there are seven children, two parents, and assorted spouses, lovers and friends - so that each registers as a singular flavor.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Dec 10, 2012
    75
    As an actor, Burns has worked the Hollywood game from "Saving Private Ryan" to "Alex Cross." But his core passion is for making indie movies without studio interference, guerilla style. Because he takes his films personally, so do we. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is one of his best.
  3. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Dec 14, 2012
    75
    These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Dec 6, 2012
    70
    This tale of a dysfunctional family whose members experience enough personal crises to fuel a dozen films is a virtual compendium of clich├ęs, but the star's sheer likeability makes it go down as easily as a cup of eggnog.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 6, 2012
    60
    Burns has assembled such a fine cast that we leave feeling satisfied, as if we didn't get the iPad mini we wanted, but a pretty good novel instead.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 7, 2012
    50
    Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem.
  7. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Dec 2, 2012
    38
    Edward Burns certainly doles out his fair share of family turmoil, but he admirably doesn't make lunatics out of his characters.

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