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  • Summary: This year, Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds areThis year, Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. As their lives converge, they join together and help each other discover the true meaning of family. (Sony) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Fast paced and engagingly acted.
  2. Everyone in this madly good-looking clan has got soapy problems as befits an aspirational, say-amen holiday movie.
  3. At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Enjoyable enough. Though like some holiday fare, it doesn't quite stay with you.
  5. Overstuffed, formulaic but very easy to take.
  6. 60
    Boisterous and bittersweet, the film is not dull, but it does feel hopelessly overstuffed, with scant time to devote to any one story line.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    40
    The cast has spirit, but the dialogue and situations are phonier than the Yule log on TV.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DanielG.
    Nov 23, 2007
    10
    "This Christmas" was a humorous, sweet and heartfelt glance at the interactions of a family during Christmastime, and the lives of the "This Christmas" was a humorous, sweet and heartfelt glance at the interactions of a family during Christmastime, and the lives of the individual members. Collapse
  2. JoshuaD.
    Nov 27, 2007
    10
    An all around outstanding phenomenal film. I enjoyed every second of the drama, the comedy, and the relation of the modern world this film possesses.
  3. DD.
    Dec 2, 2007
    8
    Excellent, the kids can even watch this one.
  4. JayH.
    Nov 9, 2008
    5
    Fair Christmas story, uneasily mixes heavy drama with comedy. Rather predictable and tends to use cliches in the story. The acting is fine, Fair Christmas story, uneasily mixes heavy drama with comedy. Rather predictable and tends to use cliches in the story. The acting is fine, no one is great though. Expand
  5. JoshC.
    Nov 27, 2007
    1
    A holiday melodrama suffering from severe bloat, This Christmas concerns the reunion of the Whitfield family, a clan dealing with so many A holiday melodrama suffering from severe bloat, This Christmas concerns the reunion of the Whitfield family, a clan dealing with so many dilemmas that it's a wonder they ever get to sit down for Christmas dinner. They do, of course, and Preston A. Whitmore II's film is best when it focuses on the spirituality of saying pre-meal grace and the ensuing, chatter-filled feasts, instances that exude a genuineness that's otherwise sorely lacking from this overstuffed grab bag of conflicts and romantic affairs. A soldier (Columbus Short) gone AWOL, a jazz saxophonist (Idris Elba) on the run from bookies, a wife (Regina King) dealing with a cheating husband (Laz Alonso), a young man (Chris Brown) yearning to fulfill his dream of being a singer, and a matriarch (Loretta Devine) struggling to keep her family and long-term boyfriend (Delroy Lindo) happy are just a few of the plotlines jammed into this tale's two-hour runtime. Whitmore spends virtually every available second entangling his pleasant but rather clichéd characters in Expand

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