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“Even For A "Harold And Kumar" Film, This Movie Felt Very Underwhelming.”
“Our Generations Christmas Classic”
“Harold And Kumar Is Gleefully Offensive To All. You'll Never Look At Babies Or Waffles The Same Way Again.”
Harold and Kumar is gleefully offensive to all. You'll never look at babies or waffles the same way again.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
In its shaggy, pleasure-bombed, '80s-meets-2011 way, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is a deft and generous comedy...
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
If the sight of a baby covered in powdered cocaine offends you, you are an idiot for having gone to a Harold and Kumar movie.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
Harold and Kumar's Christmas movie is silly, if uneven, fun. While it mocks 3-D technology, it also makes relatively fresh use of it and qualifies as the most ambitious of the trio of films.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While not as funny as the original, 2004's "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," it's still a modest improvement over the 2008 sequel, "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay."
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Leave it to a "Harold & Kumar'' movie to expose modern 3-D for the tawdry gimmick it is while understanding that's at least half the enjoyment.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The third installment still reads as angry, but the ire comes across as self-loathing, the filmmakers unable to mask their cynicism about their own project.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Not only did I laugh, I was finally convinced that the film's heart, such as it is, was in the right place.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
It's not that I was particularly offended; it's that I didn't laugh very much.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The 3-D only makes the general not-funniness that much closer.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
[A] relentless barrage of tasteless gags, most of them damned funny.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Two cheers for Harold & Kumar 3D.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
This film will stuff your stocking with profane, perverse, politically incorrect glee.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Harold & Kumar is all about Cho and Penn, who make the doofus duo into likable, harmless, upbeat characters who happen to be blasted a good deal of the time. 3D Christmas is proudly ridiculous stuff.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas" is what you would expect from the third film in an unlikely franchise: less of the same.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
By now, Cho and Penn have got their Asian-American Abbott-and-Costello routine down so cold, they're a pleasure to spend time with even if the proceedings are less than inspired.
Justin Chang - Variety
Goes out of its way to offend virtually everyone, including Mexicans, Jews, African- Americans and especially evangelical Christians.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Seriously, someday you guys are going to sober up, catch this on video and wonder what gave you the giggles all those White Castle runs ago.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Neil Patrick Harris makes a quip that he'll see the guys in the fourth feature. Let's put a stop to that notion right now. That's all I want for Christmas, dudes.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
The resulting hodge-podge of low-brow gags and winking humor is surprisingly spirited, and has the distinct advantage of not being as immediately dated as half of the humor in Guantanamo already is.
William Goss - Film.com
The laughs may not be as strong as they were the first time, and the sense of discovering something fantastically illicit may have faded to mellow, familiar charms that come with the occasional giggle fit, but that's life as a stoner comedy.
Dave McGinn - Globe and Mail
It's pretty much one ridiculous set-piece after another, and you absolutely don't need to be wasted to enjoy them.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
This third movie, a proudly unambitious buddy comedy, brings the franchise back to home turf, both geographically and thematically.
Dana Stevens - Slate
If there's a complaint to be made, it's that the humor could be less scattershot.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Deborah Young - Hollywood Reporter
A mildly diverting naughty comedy, lacking the pure comic nastiness of Bad Santa or the sheer audacity of Up in Smoke.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
This third film in the Harold & Kumar franchise is inordinately jacked up with visual effects and peppy holiday music, but nothing can disguise the fact that this series has run out of steam.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A fourth Harold & Kumar? Who knows. But the third one finally wears down the disapproval of reluctant viewers with its cheerful demeanor and a late heart transplant.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
H&K are past their sell-by date. Way past.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Of course it's offensive and crude. It's also hilarious at times.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
- Los Angeles Times
While there's no mistaking a Harold & Kumar movie for something that's going win an Oscar, movie fans shouldn't be so quick to dismiss these 21st century incarnations of Cheech and Chong as purely shallow entertainment.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Falls short of being a holiday classic or an enjoyable 3D experience - meaning, in the end, it's little more than another Harold and Kumar film.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
A funny, memorable romp through metafictional sequel land, and a pleasingly Christmasy grossout film to boot.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
What started as a beautiful one-off, extended in a pretty decent sequel, has now grown gray at the edges.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
David Ramsey - allesfilm.com
Cho and Penn continue to be a likable pair who work well off each other and it's fun to spend time with them, even in the movie's off moments.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
Funny in spots, but the story and characters have almost nowhere to go. The direction feels aimless and crafted like a DTV film. In other words, this is an enormously disappointing threequel.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
The "let's find a Christmas tree" plot is more in the vein of the original than the outlandish Guantanamo Bay plot was, and the Cho/Penn chemistry remains charming.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A raunchy and religiously-incorrect roller coaster ride for the very-open minded, not to be mistaken for one of those sentimental Christmas yarns you usually see during the holiday season.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
For me, this was the best 'Harold & Kumar' film yet. Unfortunately, the film still comes off as too juvenile in its humor to have pleased this adult for very long.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
The strain to continually push the envelope of altered-state-friendly absurdity is starting to show.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
They keep the tone just right, and the strong, external humor by original writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg sustains it.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The dialogue isn't snappy while the physical comedy is predictable
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
It's mostly unfunny, stupid and juvenile.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Few will find all of it funny, a fair number will find none of it so, and some will exit in high dudgeon.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Not nearly as subversive as it purports to be, but fittingly witty and wintry nonetheless.
Ahmed Peerbux - Little White Lies
Want to make manchildren laugh? Blow some weed smoke out at them in 3D. Call something 'Avatarded' as a compliment. Get a baby high. Throw in a subplot about a 'hot virgin I met on the Internet' who's horny for a manchild...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It all remains on the light-hearted, harmless and inoffensive side despite bad-taste gags and gory Yuletide violence.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Although the humour is patchy, when the laughs hit they hit hard, slyly sending-up holiday season conventions...
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas's slacker posturing belies a rare comedic rigour. It takes brains to be this thick.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
In A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, you are reminded that Harold and Kumar have penises -- again and again.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Enjoyable, occasionally inventive and frequently funny stoner comedy threequel that succeeds thanks to a witty script, loveable characters and winning performances from its two leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
For all its pretensions to bad taste, this is surprisingly heartwarming festive fare.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
There are a lot of laughs lurking within the shiny 3D wrapping and snow-covered silliness.
James White - Empire Magazine
I went in expecting: a stupid Christmas movie that had way too much fun being egregiously in 3D...and I got that.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
During the holiday season, it's joints to the world!
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
I guess if you roll out enough jokes, the odds are with you to get some laughs, at least. Just some laughs are not enough for "A Very H&K 3D Christmas."
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Thank goodness for NPH. His appearance wakes up the film and makes things fun for a while.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
a bong that has been hit one time too many
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Lots of fun.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Offers rolling-paper-thin female characters. Ethnic stereotypes are lazily snowballed at us. And it has the usual boring, hokey spirit-of-the-season moments.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Cho and Penn's genial rapport, and the picturesque three-dimensioning of plumes of pot smoke and cocaine flurries? Sure. But those pleasures are fleeting -- gone, if you will, with the weed.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The film's aim at being shocking is generally undercut by how cheerfully foolish it all is.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It contains the mother of all blunts, which, wouldn't ya know, burns down the Christmas tree that Harold's glowering father-in-law grew from a sapling.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The best possible Christmas movie/pot movie hybrid: low-key and friendly and goofy without ever being deliberately mean.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
All I want for Christmas is a ban on any further Harold and Kumar movies
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Funnier than Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, but for all the offensiveness, it's family-values to the core.
Ann Lewinson - Boston Phoenix
Surrealistic, in an agreeably stupid way.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
The writing is sharp, unflinchingly funny as it slyly extols family values while using the sort of crass trappings that send the stiff-necked and the sanctimonious into fits of apoplexy
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A foul, hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming holiday experience that utilizes its eye-popping technology to take gross out humor to a new level.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Those who find 'child endangerment drug humor' offensive should stay away, as the film has plenty more to throw at you including...the trash talk of series secret weapon Neil Patrick Harris, who says things about Clay Aiken I wouldn't want to quote.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Although still not as fun as the original, fans should enjoy this one better than the preachy second installment (more so if they're slightly blitzed).
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Not a classic by any means, but still an enjoyable enough comedy for those not easily offended.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
As usual, the high point is the arrival of Neil Patrick Harris, reprising his role as an obscene, drug-addled version of himself.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It hasn't quite jumped the doobie yet, but the shtick is getting tired.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
This movie is so mischievous, you might have to be Gandhi or Mother Theresa to get off of Santa's naughty list after buying a ticket.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The move was made for no other reason to be stupid, obnoxious, offensive, rude, crude and absolutely hilarious.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Predictable stoner mischief is less cute when it features men in their late-30s.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
... a lively and rambunctious return to these wonderfully wacky stoners.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Utterly stupid, not to mention rude, crude and irreverent in the extreme, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is exactly what the fans are hungering for.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Despite the pacing, a few scenes that aren't as funny as the filmmakers think they are and the feeling that the movie was ten minutes too short, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas is a fine return to form for the duo.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
At a spare 89 minutes, it's barely worth getting high for.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
The latest Harold & Kumar is a symphony of pristine ridiculousness, rendered in the third dimension.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
3D Christmas pushes the envelope of tastelessness while maintaining a cheery holiday glow.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
4 out of 5 reindeers prefer this sequel to #2. As rude and wild as expected, frankly it's surprising that the filmmakers didn't go in for 3D chests and nuts roasting on an open fire.
Kimberly Gadette - Willamette Week
A movie that refuses to take itself seriously and manages to find a few outrageous taboos to make fun of...uses 3D with more imagination and wit than any other film so far.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas has lots of - um - highs, very few lows.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
This latest in the raunchy, pot-infused franchise hits new "high" marks as it bestows a terrific Christmas present on fun-seeking, broad-minded filmgoers young and old, brainy and brainless, who share an aversion to "tea parties" and dumb prejudices.
Doris Toumarkine - Film Journal International
It's one of those comedies in which if one joke falls flat for you, it's mere seconds before the writers are trying something different. Every time the film threatens to collapse, the sheer manic nature of the piece saves it.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
It leaves no stone unturned in its quest to gang-rape the holiday season (and I mean that in the best possible way).
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
'Harold & Kumar' are naughty and nice.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Raucous, crude stoner comedy is funny but not for kids.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Simultaneously mocking and pimping out the 3D gimmick trend, this chapter may be the weakest in the series, but it's still enjoyable with plenty of outrageous laughs.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
This latest installment in the pot comedy franchise is not as good as White Castle but still provides enough laughs and raunchiness to keep fans happy.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
A feeling of routine is the last thing this series needs, but it's the only thing A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas offers.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Even though Christmas doesn't hit the comic highs of White Castle, the sketches are consistently funnier than the ones in the last movie, Escape From Guantanamo Bay.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Would it be too much to ask for an all-NPH spinoff? I think he's more than earned it. Otherwise, definitely an improvement over the abysmal Guantanamo installment.
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
Man, it's like hilarious, right? Except, um, no, it's not. It's really, really not.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Get your Santa hats on and buckle up for the latest adventure of Harold & Kumar. It's the stocking stuffer that you have been waiting for.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Cho and Penn still make for a winning comedy team, Neil Patrick Harris's willingness to subvert his public persona is refreshing as always.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
This isn't high art, but the return of screenwriters Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg is a good sign
James Rocchi - Boxoffice Magazine
Funny and playful ... As a stoner comedy wrapped in a feel-good holiday movie stuffed into a male fantasy, the fire still burns.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Perhaps this viewer has become a victim of desensitization, but what might have come off as shocking a decade or less ago now has a bland, "been-there-done-that" air to it. It's definitely not the gut-buster it thinks it is.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
[VIDEO] Although it doesn't get as ribald as it should, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" takes its penis and exposed breasts scenes with a proper sense of irreverence.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
So unabashed about the way it approaches the material that the filmmakers are almost laughing along with the audience at the sheer ridiculousness of what they're getting away with.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Has there ever been a film where a toddler gets stoned, coked up and trips on ecstasy? Yeah, that's kind of love-it-or-hate-it humor we're in for.
Peter Paras - E! Online
The laughs aren't quite as consistent and you kind of get the feeling that Kal Penn and John Cho are outgrowing this stuff, but it nevertheless delivers for fans of the stoner now-trilogy.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Spreading tidings of good cheer -- along with the occasional joke about coked-up toddlers -- this 3D sequel is a manic, uneven comedy that just barely hits more than it misses.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
By embracing the inherent silliness of what's still a gimmick at heart, the filmmakers manage to use 3D far more effectively than most other films in the fad's current revival.
Ian Buckwalter - NPR
The filmmakers throw everything at the audience, literally and metaphorically, and the results are exhilarating rather than exhausting.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
I'm sad to report that Harold and Kumar have lost much of whatever it was that made them so great in the first place.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The 'more of the same' mandate may satisfy fans of middling marijuana jokes, but can't really justify a third film that's visually ambitious but comedically burnt out.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
This movie will make a lot of money, once again proving the wisdom of H. L. Mencken that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
an antidote to all the glad tidings and false figgy pudding merriment
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
After two uneven predecessors, this threequel finally elevates its titular duo to the realm of ganja-comedy icons.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Goes through all the expected motions, but without much energy, and the tastelessness comes across as mere calculation.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Rather than ho-ho-ho, 'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' will likely elicit no-no-no among the non-stoned (Parental Movie Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It has some big laughs but not enough of them.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
(S)omething for everyone, if everyone is looking for... Santa dealing weed, a coked-up infant... and Danny Trejo as the father-in-law-to-be from Hell. I didn't think I was looking for that but found it. And heaven help me, it wasn't bad.
Steve Persall - St. Petersburg Times
Funny to its core and filmed in gloriously rendered, over the top 3D, "A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas" is full of the humor fans of the previous films have come to expect.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
I saw it sober, so I don't think it measures up to the original, but it does preserve the franchise's multiethnic flavor and lowbrow appeal, although it seems more "Cheech and Chong" than ever.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The makers of the comedy fully understand that 3D is a gimmick much overused these days. And understanding that, they overuse it themselves in such a way as to cannily comment on the cliched nature of the gimmick...
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas lacks the freewheeling, generous spirit of the first two Harold & Kumar movies and tries to make up for that lack with extra crudeness.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Kam Williams - AALBC.com