This family comedy finds unearned laughs in old women and dog flatulence.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
If you've never had the urge to kick Santa Claus, this might be just the irksome misadventure into comedy that will drive you over the edge.
Lawrence Van Gelder - New York Times
Too sophisticated for thumb-suckers, but far too stupid for anyone else.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
None of the cast comes off well, but they have little to work with, since the dialogue sounds like it was made up on the spot and performed without rehearsal.
Louis B. Parks - Houston Chronicle
The Disney family flick is all sight gags and button-pushing to holiday tunes.
Dean Essner - Dallas Morning News
I'll Be Home for Christmas will appeal to people who fail to care if nothing good happens in a movie.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Inane Christmas film has little going for it in script and character.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
A consistent source of chuckles.
Bob Fenster - Arizona Republic
Arrogance gives way to humility, making this an appropriate, if thoroughly cliched, Christmas morality tale that's sugar-coated with an attractive cast spouting sitcom-quality dialogue.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
Adequate in every way and oddly subversive in spots, but that's about it.
Ted Fry - Film.com
A Christmas turkey.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The ultimate insult to a film-goer!
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Jon Taylor Thomas' yule tale charming for tweens.
Common Sense Media Editors - Common Sense Media
An innocuously entertaining comedy...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Um filme natalino que advoga a eficacia da mentira e do egoismo como formas de ser bem sucedido.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It gets off to a grating start, but this slight comedy eventually finds its feet and delivers a holiday-themed package made up in equal parts of mild laughs and sweet-as-sweet-can-be sentiment.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
I'll Be Home for Christmas asks the impossible of us.
David Noh - Film Journal International
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's the cinematic equivalent of a flavored rice cake -- palatable while you're chewing and completely forgotten 10 minutes later.
Kate Manning - Palo Alto Weekly
Hurrah -- let's teach our kids that if you look good and are skilled at making up convincing lies, everyone will love you.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Family fare. Pure, sweet, and PG-rated.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
If not for the movie's heart being in the right place, this lame teen road picture might be truly insufferable.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Like a big box of holiday chocolates: There's a lot of variety, and though the quality is a bit uneven, there's enough tasty tidbits to satisfy most everyone in the family.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The most awkward aspect of the movie is the dialog.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Despite a couple of amusing scenes, I'll be Home for Christmas is ultimately a star vehicle for Thomas and little more.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The results are only slightly better than coal in your stocking.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
I'll Be Home for Christmas is like the tableau in a snow globe -- after all the whirling (and blatantly artificial) snow has settled, not a single figure has actually moved or changed.
Hollis Chacona - Austin Chronicle
Next to this, 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' looks like a work of depth and brilliance.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is completely out of his element as the smooth-talking operator.
Steven Boone - Citysearch
I'll Be Home For Christmas is entertainment for the whole family only if your whole family is incredibly bored.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Silly, light and ever so slightly hip, Christmas movie's a delight!
Dean Essner - Miami Herald
Director Sanford struggles in vain to put a shiny new wrapper on this secondhand offering.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Funny only in your dreams!
Dean Essner - Detroit Free Press
It's mixture of smiles and sentiment is good enough for the film to qualify as a mildly pleasant diversion, but lacks that special magic necessary for it to rise above average.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
It's all by-the-numbers stuff!
Dean Essner - Mr. Showbiz
You aren't likely to build up much holiday cheer by forcing yourself to sit through this torturous ninety-minute debacle.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Thomas has a natural screen presence and he never sheds the instinctual wit that made him a household name.
Dean Essner - TNT's Rough Cut
Nothing that occurred in it was earthshaking or shocking or particularly inventive, but it was well-done, all the same, and I really did like it.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The film equivalent of easy listening.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
While Disney has a rich tradition in animated family entertainment, but its track record in live-action film is, to put it mildly, less than stellar.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com