Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic 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. 75
    This melding of comedic minds is one of the better holiday gifts we've received, cinematically speaking.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    If you're willing to embrace a bit of corniness for the sake of some incisive humor, a few poignant moments and enjoyable scenarios, make time for The Holiday.
  4. Despite this familiarity-wallow, The Holiday is likable. Really likable, in fact.
  5. It's formulaic but with a big heart.
  6. The alluring surfaces of other people's lives can be deceiving, though generally not in a Nancy Meyers comedy, where the thin veneer of fantasy cloaks ... more fantasy.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    A lavishly overstuffed gift basket of a movie.
  8. The dialogue has a perky synthetic sheen, and with the exception of Diaz, Meyers brings out the best in her actors.
  9. Much more silly than romantic.
  10. Even though almost everything about it feels forced and its casting chemistry hardly sizzles, its heart is in the right place, it has its quota of funny and touching moments, and it's ultimately fairly enjoyable.
  11. 67
    No matter how good-natured, The Holiday ends up a glutted farce.
  12. A harmlessly cheery confection.
  13. Law shines like a sunbeam, warming the film with rakish charm and unexpected emotionalism.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Admitting that it's formulaic doesn't make it any less so, but it's enjoyable in a mushy, easily digested sort of way.
  15. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    There is bound to be a large appreciative audience for this chick flick. But it might not be you.
  16. 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.
  17. Ms. Meyers, whose ambitions are telegraphed by her film's title, which directly invokes George Cukor's lovely 1938 romp "Holiday," has created a cumbersome vehicle by saddling Iris with a flamboyantly glamorous Los Angeles double, Amanda. As played by Cameron Diaz with oodles of charm and not an ounce of persuasion, Amanda doesn’t as much mirror Iris's love troubles as throw them into wincing relief.
  18. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    iIt's far less sickly than plenty of yuletide offerings, last year's "The Family Stone" being one shudder-worthy example.
  19. The Holiday is a 131-minute romantic comedy for those who, if they had their way, would still be watching "Love Actually."
  20. 50
    Complaining about the gooey and generic The Holiday is as useless as railing against fruitcake - this is a slick, throwaway chick flick designed to provide nothing more than mindless diversion between bouts of shopping.
  21. This is familiar territory for writer-director Nancy Meyers, Hollywood's queen of the chick flick. Her latest has charming moments and a hopeful message for despondent singles, but it lacks the emotional resonance of Meyers' "Something's Gotta Give" and the zaniness of "What Women Want."
  22. 50
    A lark, with pretensions to be more.
  23. 50
    The Holiday is no vacation. Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess.
  24. For some (okay, me), The Holiday, like the holidays, will require some girding up, and is best met halfway with a self-immunizing smile. Otherwise, the good cheer may ring false; worse, it might even seem to sell love cheap, and lovers short.
  25. His (Law's) is the standout performance, probably because it's quiet and reflective and nuanced amidst the flurries of relationship talk.
  26. 50
    The Holiday drags on for more than two hours, long enough for even the most ardent suitor to lose interest. The premise, so delectable at the start, quickly begins to feel tired and oversold.
  27. Winslet is an actress, Diaz is not. The screenplay by Nancy Meyers, who directed, has dialogue that is not near the snap level of, say, Nicole Holofcener's comparable "Friends With Money."
  28. The problem is that happy endings this strident and overextended begin to seem somewhat desperate.
  29. In what was clearly designed to be a chick flick, the on-screen chicks work hard at being endearing, while Jude Law, as Amanda's more than conversational partner, charms everyone effortlessly and gets the best lines.
  30. 25
    Even with a wild card like Black desperately retooling his lines, there's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday--it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.
  31. 20
    This overproduced romantic comedy doesn't even qualify as fluff; it's flat, featureless plastic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User 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. ReidF.
    Jan 27, 2007
    This film includes a witty script by director Nancy Meyers and good performances by Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Cameron Diaz. But the movie is stolen by the unlikely duo of Jack Black and 91-year-old Eli Wallach. Full Review »
  3. BronaghH.
    Dec 22, 2006
    I liked this movie a lot. It made me laugh and also clap my hands. Very good movie indeed.