It is a perfectly fine, inoffensive family comedy.
Fred Topel - MovieWeb
It's painful, not to mention flat-out witless, to see two actors this genial play fuddy-duddies who learn that Christmas is coming to their living room... or else.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Lockstep suburban conformism enforced with fascist severity is the ugly (but admittedly sometimes funny) joke driving Joe Roth's family comedy.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
One of the worst Christmas movies in years.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A leaden whimsy so heavy it threatens to crash through the multiplex floor.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Stinks like the unrefrigerated ham its studio sent me as a promotion several months ago.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Here's a film that says Christmas is a sellout, that your neighbors are morons, and that suburbia is a playground of fascist conformity, and then it concludes that anyone who actually believes that is a heartless Scrooge.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
This movie reeks.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Joyless and forced.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
A largely mirthless comedy.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
In the end -- the beginning and the middle, too -- the spirit of Christmas With the Kranks rings as false as the bell of a shopping-mall Santa.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's a colossal miscalculation.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Phony, disingenuous family entertainment, suffocated by its green bean casserole approach to Middle America, spineless cardboard characters and paper-thin plot 'twists.'
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but coming on the heels of Surviving Christmas, it's a close second.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Avoid this lump o' coal.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
If you haven't seen enough films featuring shoppers sprinting to snatch the last ham at the grocery store, electric shocks from Christmas lights, and home decorators toppling off the roof, this is the movie for you.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The script here is barely passable and the direction is downright awful, completely lacking in any sense of comic timing, visual grace or character development.
Tom Long - Detroit News
As tasteless and stale as last year's cheese log.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
An agreeable, if snowflake-thin stocking stuffer faithfully adapted from John Grisham's 2001 bestseller Skipping Christmas.
Scott Foundas - Variety
A loud, coarse and witless family comedy.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Flat-footed holiday comedy.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Hollywood's version of the annual Hallmark Ho-ho-ho card. It's made to order: just slot in the perennial Mr. Santa Claus himself, Tim Allen, and stir.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
Purports to kindle the warm glow of love for humankind in our hearts but actually reaffirms that the trappings of the holiday season are all that really matter.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
As with average TV fare, moments of genuine humor are rare, and character development can best be described as perfunctory.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A peculiar and at times even sour tale about the tyranny of Christmas.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A flat parable.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Christmas With The Kranks is the sort of film that leaves you thinking Ebenezer Scrooge might have had the right idea about the festive season.
Richard Luck - Film4
A grueling experience.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The notion of bullying people into succumbing into the trappings of Christmas does not necessarily represent goodwill to all, and while the situations present good comic opportunities, the film ends up feeling rather manipulative and sugary.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Some pathetically predictable plot twists and syrupy sentimentality, which could only amuse a five year-old, lead the Kranks back to their materialistic senses in time for a Kodak moment which shouts a rather shallow Merry Capitalism to all!
Kam Williams - Ellsworth American
A more sweet than sour satire that sets its sight on nasty but lavishly honey coated underpinnings of the holiday season.
Prairie Miller - WBAI Web Radio
With clumsy sight gags the only humour on offer, the temptation to mutter 'Bah humbug' is overwhelming.
Anna Smith - Time Out
There is not a single lifelike character in the entire picture.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
[A] comedy so broad it barely dents its targets and a patronising moral conclusion that goes against everything its protagonists originally stood for.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
This isn't a wonderful life: It looks pretty hellish.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
What better way is there to get into a festive spirit than having it crammed down your throat?
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
...almost had me convinced to convert to Judaism to avoid having to go through anything ever again that even remotely resembles this movie.
Brian Juergens - Freeze Dried Movies
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Humbug. American families deserve a better effort than this.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Oh boy. This was a painful experience. Very painful.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
This holiday comedy depicts suburbia as a place where all true individualists are treated with a nastiness not in tune with the Christmas spirit.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Makes the colossal mistake of making Luther's obsession seem almost a valid protest against conformity -- then lets the neighbors not only win but claim the moral high ground.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Contains momentum-halting continuity errors and clownish antics from hammy performers that will have Santa scribbling furiously on next year's "Naughty" list.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
See Joe Roth's movie and you'll understand the true demeaning of Christmas.
Neil Smith - BBC
Below average comedy that remains watchable thanks to a likeable cast but is very low on laughs.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Imagine someone telling you the joke about the chicken crossing the road repeatedly for 98 minutes. You have now imagined this film.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Christmas with the Kranks is a lackluster holiday comedy that can't shake the ghosts of past Christmas films.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
No minimo, uns 30 minutos poderiam ter ficado no chao da sala de edicao. Ou uns 60. Alias, para ser mais exato, 98 minutos. Esta seria a unica forma de salvar este projeto.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
I'm making my list of the worst movies of the year and I'm checking it twice, and I hope to find room for this frantically unfunny disaster.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
An abysmal failure, and I am a worse person for having seen it.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
The type of grim holiday movie that reminds you of all that is noxious and insincere about the Christmas season and then chases it down with a sickly-sweet reversal.
Peter Debruge - Premiere Magazine
A nightmare vision of a theist, conformist America... It's like 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' except we're expected to root for the pod people.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
You'd have to be a Scrooge not to crack a smile during this feature.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A dreadful movie, and if you've seen the advertisements you've already seen the laughs -- all three of them -- it has to offer.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
There's a line separating holiday spirit from fascist intolerance that Christmas With the Kranks races across in its opening minutes.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Christmas With the Kranks leaves you with the notion that if you're not out there spending, you're just not doing your part.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
There's no doubt that the Yuletide has been overcommercialized but that's still no excuse for this miserable, lamebrained exercise in sloppy slapstick and silly stupidity.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
There's one good gag involving the application of some Botox to Allen's face, but overall the jokes are kind of disturbing.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Egregiously mediocre and flagrantly ill-conceived in every department, this is, truly, the cinematic equivalent of finding a single solitary Saltine in your stocking and a pair of old tube socks beneath the tree.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Christmas with the Kranks celebrates the fascism of American Conservatism.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
It's monumentally awful.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Not exactly a turkey, but it's no golden goose.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Movies like this make me want to skip everything, including the remainder of my natural life.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Luther says it late in the film: 'Why am I not laughing?'
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Let's be blunt. This is an evil film. It defames Christianity, it's fascist, and while a number of the jokes work, it made me want to puke near the end.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It's a paragon of irony. A film based on a novel by courtroom aficionado John Grisham could use nothing more than the cold judiciousness of an egotistical trial lawyer.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
That Santa Clause guy, Tim Allen, dashes through the winter sludge of another Christmas Carol knockoff.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
it's mean-spirited and ugly-hearted. Everyone who celebrates Christmas is portrayed as a vicious monster, a shallow hypocrite -- if not an outright bigot.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Christmas with the Kranks finds a comfortable balance between hilarious and heartwarming. It's the best of both worlds and a pleasant surprise to find under the cineplex tree.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Skipping Christmas will earn you a reputation as a modern-day Scrooge. Passing on Christmas With the Kranks ... makes you a wise holiday-movie consumer.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
...one of the most woefully irritating and uneventful so-called comedic Yuletide yawners...a seedless slapstick romp that has all the bounce of a defective pogo stick
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
There are some funny moments... But they are too few.
Valerie Kuklenski - Los Angeles Daily News
You have a standing invitation to the Krank's for Christmas. My advice... Decline.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
This grim holiday-themed comedy is the movie equivalent of getting socks and underwear for Christmas.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Christmas With the Kranks has the special blend of dumb ideas and vulgar sentimentality that Hollywood likes to dispense at this time of year.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Grisham usually writes legal thrillers, but the only suspense to be found here consists of wondering whether any laughs will arrive. I'm still waiting.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Should you spend Christmas With the Kranks? Well, perhaps if you're an adolescent boy, or you have nothing better to do, then go for it. Otherwise, make other holiday plans.
Tracy Allerton - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
It's possible the comedy contains some secret allegory about the Protestant Reformation but its main message is that everyone should believe and behave in exactly the same way. Groupthink wins again!
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Forget the Kranks going on vacation; take your disbelief and send it on a cruise.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
A band of drunken elves working with leftovers from the Island of Misfit Toys could have pieced together a better holiday film than Christmas with the Kranks.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Avoiding the Kranks can be your gift to the whole family.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The modest, whimsical humor on the pages of Grisham's book translates as hyped-up silliness on the screen.
Jack Garner - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Shockingly aloof, and often dispassionately alienating.
Glen Oliver - IGN Movies
Not since Arnold Schwarzenegger's Jingle All the Way has there been a Yuletide film as fascistic -- or as odious -- as Christmas With the Kranks.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's not just that the story is predictable. The very camera angles are predictable.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Tim Allen needs to stop making Christmas movies.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
This one is a veritable celebration of intolerance, disguised as a joyous holiday film.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
It often seems like a lost episode of Home Improvement minus Allen's usual TV wife.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The film becomes incredibly sentimental towards the end -- despite the fact that it absolutely hasn't earned the right to do so.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
When it comes to bad movies, turkey jokes are low-hanging fruit. But if it gobbles like a turkey, it's a turkey, and brother does this one gobble.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Roth and Columbus serve up strained slapstick routines, a slew of uninvolving characters and tritely manipulative subplots.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
[R]eally rather chilling, an unintentional Orwellian object lesson in what happens when you deviate from the groupthink....
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's a celebration of conformity, a film that begs for laughs by mocking and ridiculing anyone who harbors an original thought or action.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
It's hard to say which is worse in Christmas With the Kranks -- the lame attempts at humor or the even more lame attempts at sentimentality.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
If Christmas means spending it with the irascible, over-the-top Kranks, then taking a Caribbean cruise really does sound like a much better deal.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Filled with overly processed situations it tries to sell with manic energy, Kranks is canned, hammy and rolling as fast as it can.
Carla Meyer - San Francisco Chronicle
Agonizingly cruel to its audience and actors alike, and laden with jokes that have been done many times before, and the original gags have never been done for good reason.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Instead of a funny and relevant little bromide about capitalism, conformity and forced holiday cheer, the movie is about as fresh as a week-old mug of egg nog.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Even if you believe in Santa, you'll never believe that this is any sort of holiday classic.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
Director Joe Roth misses an opportunity for true satire by making the neighbors such insanely over-the-top caricatures that the Kranks seem paragons of normality and perspective.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
False, littered with lame slapstick, and leaving the impression that director Joe Roth ... threw it together in about two weeks.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Given the tinsel-thin storyline, the typical seasonal gags only elicit perfunctory laughter.
Bob Townsend - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
...the perfect way to usher in the Fourth Reich...The film's one great saving grace is its almost utter lack of humor, which blunts its potential to propagandize effectively
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
[Christmas with the Kranks] just made me cranky
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Spending 'Christmas with the Kranks' is enough to turn the most cheerful Tiny Tim into a grumpy Scrooge.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
I feel more like the Grinch with each passing holiday film...
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This meretricious claptrap is exactly the kind of baloney it purports to be saving us from...as heavy and unappetizing as last year's figgy pudding.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Okay. It's official now. I hate Christmas.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Chris Columbus got the bizarre idea that a Grisham book, even a slight one, should be turned into a Home Alone for grown-ups.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
like spending your holiday with relatives from hell
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hate Christmas and laughing? This is the film for you.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Unless audiences think Curtis scampering after a runaway ham is funny, they'll want to skip this Christmas movie instead.
Meg Jones - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Does an outrageous about-face, neatly dismantling anything of potential worth and coming out with a monumentally phony Christmas moral.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A deadpan little satire by John Grisham has been reinterpreted as a shrill and mean-spirited orgy of banana-peel pranks.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Kranks lacks that basic kernel of credibility that even a goofy farce needs to work.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Not since the day I read Mein Kampf and rented Shoah have I had an experience so joyless and laugh-free
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Christmas with the Kranks takes the icy throne as the king of all bad holidays movies...except Jingle all the Way.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
There hasn't been a more depressing holiday movie since 'Mixed Nuts.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A USA network-quality script, cobbled together from parts of Home Alone, The Grinch and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Christmas with the Kranks wants to toss out the holiday fruitcake but eat it, too.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
As I write this...I have just walked out on Christmas With the Kranks after roughly 45 minutes of mind-numbingly humorless, sitcom barrel-bottom idiocy.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
It's silly and cute, consistently hitting just the right comedic note.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
You will laugh at much of this, but it's not a hearty, fulfilling guffaw. It's more like a Christmas snack that leaves you wanting more until dinnertime.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A mildly abrasive satire of America's holiday lockstepping [which backpedals] desperately into toothless humanism.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
One of the worst Christmas movies ever made.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A vile, morally repugnant lump of coal. One of the worst, most disingenuous Christmas movies in memory.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A Home Improvement holiday special spread out to an impossibly long 90 minutes.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
a singularly mirthless experience that could easily drain the last drop of holiday cheer from old St. Nick himself
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's a medieval endurance ritual, an act of self-flagellation like wearing a hair shirt, say, or whipping oneself with a cat-o-nine tails whilst chanting the liturgy.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The movie waffles between competing ideologies while struggling to find humor in characters who overreact to minutia.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com