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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Saito
    The Holiday is the type of welcome diversion that only Meyers still seems to specialize -- a romantic comedy where Barbara Stanwyck and Rosalind Russell would have been just as natural as Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet and where the one liners fly like confetti.
  2. Despite this familiarity-wallow, The Holiday is likable. Really likable, in fact.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    A lavishly overstuffed gift basket of a movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Meyers can write a good zinger, and she has a knack for casting actors who not only look good in bed, but are talented enough to rise above the material and, in some cases, nearly transform it (save Diaz). But make no mistake: We're a long way here from Ben Hecht and Preston Sturges.
  5. The Holiday is a 131-minute romantic comedy for those who, if they had their way, would still be watching "Love Actually."
  6. 50
    A lark, with pretensions to be more.
  7. 20
    This overproduced romantic comedy doesn't even qualify as fluff; it's flat, featureless plastic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. AmandaS.
    Feb 26, 2007
    This movie was a true love story. it appealed to a real audience and it touched me in place that most others fail to reach.
  2. AnthonyS.
    May 4, 2007
    Contrary to Rev. Rikard's response, I felt that Diaz & Jude's relationship was deep and meaningful despite its predictability. For me, they made the movie. They clicked so well together, their onscreen chemistry combined with a fantastic musical score (thanks zimmer!!) get a 9 out of 10 stars in my book. Only downside to the film was that the ending dragged on for a bit in the last two scenes, other than that, no quibs! Expand
  3. BcM.
    Apr 6, 2007
    Very enjoyable. Drags a little, and my husband was bored. Not me. Fun characters and fun story line. Suitable for most people because the sex scenes were very underplayed. Expand
  4. Jun 2, 2013
    The Holiday is one my all-time favorite rom-coms. At a seemingly lengthy 2 hours and 15 minutes, a typical romantic comedy would crumble and overstay its welcome; thankfully, The Holiday is not your typical rom-com. It features some strong central performances by actors that have great chemistry together. The result is a wholly satisfying film where you actually care about the characters involved. Expand
  5. Rev.Rikard
    Dec 26, 2006
    It is a shame this film earns only one score for the whole. Its dual storyline, in this unique case, should allow it a "split-score." The story revovling around Diaz and Jude law is predicatable and shallow. The relationships never delve below the surface. I would rate it a 3. However, the second story involving Black, Winslet and Wallach offers far more passion and the relationships are interesting. In spite of all the star power this movie uses to draw an audience, it is Wallach's movie. He is the heart and passion of the story that is most meaningful and touching. For this storyline I offer a rating of 8. However, placing the two side by side results in a feeble attempt to. . .I don't have a clue! Expand
  6. BillyS.
    Dec 22, 2006
    The Holiday is a shining example of a "Movie-for-the-Masses" romantic comedy. It's got it all covered and it takes a bloated 2 1/4 hours to cover it! Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are the two poor plain janes who can't find love and keep picking the cads who use them. Jude Law is the handsome widower with two precious daughters that he doesn't acknowledge for fear of scaring away single woman, Jack Black is the loveable teddy bear who has fallen for a girl that's two-timing him on the side, and Eli Wallach is the crusty old Hollywood writer whose stories of the old glamour days are just what the 4 leads are really looking for and what the The Holiday tries so desperately to be. It's all here and guaranteed not to offend anyone who loves those vintage romantic comedies of days gone bye. It's really just "Something's Gotta Give" without Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton!! Expand
  7. Paul
    Dec 1, 2008
    My girlfriend made me watch this film under duress, this is by far the worst and most BORING film i have ever seen in my entire life, completely pointless to watch i found myself wondering if i was in purgatory! jack black is diabolical, the role is the worst role hes ever played and he doesn't even play it well, as for the rest nothing wrong with the acting just the most pointless and boring film OF ALL TIME it makes me feel like puking all over myself just talking about it. Expand

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