Deck the Halls Reviews

  • It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mr. Broderick and Mr. DeVito look tired and out of sorts, and you can hardly blame them, given the picture's inept, curdled mixture of sappiness and crude humor.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • How come the talk-radio blowhards never bring movies like this up when they're inveighing against the War on Christmas?

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • As reliable as your Aunt Harriet's sweet potato casserole, every holiday season brings a movie just like John Whitesell's Deck the Halls, in which otherwise sensible actors commit themselves to a cheerless exercise in jingle bell hell.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • You cannot believe how excruciatingly awful this movie is.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • ... Deck the Halls has little to recommend it.

    Jessica Reaves — Chicago Tribune

  • This one follows the depressing pattern of Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks: enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • ... a mirthless comedy with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick as warring neighbors, can be described as whatever is the opposite of a Christmas classic.

    David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • ... the film equivalent of a fruitcake or snowman sweater you don't want but can't regift.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's not horrible, but every sight gag and 'real meaning of Christmas' speech has been seen and heard before, and it steals gratuitously from Chevy Chase's masterpiece National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

    Annemarie Moody — Arizona Republic

  • In essence a title and release date in search of a movie, Deck the Halls is a lifeless, workmanlike comedy conceived to provide holiday shoppers an inoffensive respite from the mall.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • The ending is so sweet that it'll send your family out of the theater for 3 1/2 solid minutes of smiles before everyone starts drinking and pointing fingers again.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Does anybody in Hollywood celebrate Christmas anymore? You have to wonder, with the woeful Christmas fare that has been hurled at us the past few years.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • As long as atrocious, fake-pine duds like this keep making their money back, there's no such thing as a Christmas that's too commercial.

    Geoff Pevere — Toronto Star

  • Although it borrows ingredients from many familiar Christmas flicks, it's got a sly twinkle of its own.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

  • I love the Christmas season, but there are times when I wish it would go away if only to save audiences from horrific experiences like this.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Deck the Halls muddles along with rote characters and unimaginative gags that will amuse very few.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • It's disappointing to see Broderick and DeVito try to make mediocre material work.

    Jake Coyle — Associated Press

  • Like a fatally snarled string of Christmas lights, Deck the Halls promises holiday cheer but delivers only frustration.

    Sam Adams — Los Angeles Times

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