“This Christmas Is A Must See.”
“Great Family Movie!”
“FEEL THE FESTIVITY...WATCH THIS CHRISTMAS!!!!”
“This Movie Remind Me Of Soul Food”
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
This Christmas includes more family melodrama than all the holiday-homecoming flicks from the past decade combined.
Laura Kern - New York Times
It's formulaic and corny as hell, but a top-notch cast keep this festive family drama believable - just.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
There is a familiar quality to the multi-generational family holiday homecoming that nicely blends drama and comedy. It's a cut above the standard heartwarming fare that fills theaters this time of year.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The movie doesn't idealize, which makes it ideal.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
One of those overstaffed, overstuffed 'when do we eat?' holiday dramedies.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The cast has spirit, but the dialogue and situations are phonier than the Yule log on TV.
Aaron Hillis - Village Voice
o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
What's surprising is how well Whitmore, the director, manages to direct traffic... It's sort of a screwball-comedy effect, but with a heart.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Overstuffed, formulaic but very easy to take.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This carefully observed film has lots of heart.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
There's so much wrong going on, things start to feel forced.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A rare holiday treat, a package that's both thoughtfully selected and sure to please its intended recipients.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
At two full hours it can feel as exhausting as a holiday dinner with your own family.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A warm and warmed-over collection of holiday-movie cliches packaged in a movie about a large extended black family.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
If the real-life Christmas experience tends too often to be marred by the rude contradiction between expectations and reality, movies like the ultra-bland holiday family movie This Christmas are at least partly to blame.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
An incoherent mess in which scenes of teary reconciliations sit uncomfortably next to protracted gags involving catfights, car wrecks and a big bottle of baby oil.
Jason Anderson - Globe and Mail
Animated acting and the sheer chaos of this squabbling family give the film a comic buoyancy.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Easily the best film of its genre since 'Soul Food' and definitely makes for a excellent holiday season treat.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Melissa Anderson - Time Out
A happy Christmas package that more or less ignores the fact that it's a black American family story
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
- Jam! Movies
- Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Family holiday dramedy has some iffy content.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
- Boxoffice Magazine
If you're looking for a film that celebrates the holiday spirit, This Christmas would be my first suggestion because it's heartfelt and not too sweet.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Here's a family you'll want to visit for the holidays. Maybe you'll event want to stay through New Year's.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...there's a genuine feeling of a real family's real Christmas, with all its heat as well as warmth, the kind of thing that's missing from the plastic platitudes of holiday junk like Fred Claus...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
This is a very entertaining movie, despite all the inplausablities, and doesn't get down to the insipidness of most Holiday family outings.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
While formula is still the same, it's quite amusing, romantic, and a delightful holiday treat for a family to enjoy.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
No Christmas cracker but a likable holiday movie, This Christmas is full of seasonal cheer, some witty banter and a raft of enthusiastic performances from its high-spirited cast.
Jamie Russell - Film4
Like discovering a family pet mutilated under the mistletoe, this second Christmas offering does its damnedest to suck all joy out of the festive season.
- Daily Mirror [UK]
A strong wire netting will keep out unwanted super-soaps such as the first, in which a black family in LA proves that being Afro-American is no inoculation against outbreaks of schmaltz and piety.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
"Destined to become a Yuletide classic, " claim the press notes. Well, they do say Christmas is a time for dreaming.
It's laboured and obvious, and not even a Yuletide movie: Christmas is little more than a device to bring the family back under one roof. Still, its plot is as overstuffed as any turkey.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
The clumsy dialogue is so busy explaining the back stories that it doesn't have time for decent one-liners.
- Sun Online
If you like schmaltzy, music-saturated family movies, This Christmas will set all the right bells jingling.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
Watchable ensemble drama with a strong cast and an above average script, though it will sorely test your patience for group dance scenes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Goodwill be stuffed - this is about as appetising as a plateful of reheated sprouts.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
The kind of 14-pound turkey you can only excuse at Christmas.
- Total Film
This is good-natured, determinedly aspirational African-American entertainment, but did it have to be quite so heavy on the cliches?
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Don't expect realism from this frothy little number, but do expect a bit of heart-warming cheer courtesy of romantic unions, overcome prejudices, reconciled enemies and general peace and understanding.
Anna Smith - BBC
Like mum's home-made comfort food, it's warming but not really that good for you.
Emily Phillips - Empire Magazine
Lindo is one of those actors who has established himself as a fine performer but who's never really had a breakout starring role. This Christmas still isn't that star vehicle but it does let Lindo stretch his talent a little.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The performances and Whitmore's ability to keep it all moving at a good clip make it pleasing entertainment -- most of the time.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
I could actually see this becoming kind of a minor perennial during the holidays.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
This Christmas adheres to this formula and impressively stays away from the cheese and the sap that ordinarily accompany holiday pictures.
Stina Chyn - Film Threat
Timely, festive and aimed at an African-American audience, it's an angst-filled soap-opera, overstuffed with suds.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Very real and easily relatable.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Quite convincing in conveying the feeling of a real family, and in generating the requisite chemistry or antipathy as called for by their dysfunctional characters' dire circumstances.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
easily the best film of its genre since 'Soul Food' and definitely makes for a excellent holiday season treat.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Like sock-it-to-me cake ruined by too much sugar, This Christmas is cloying empty calories.
Melissa Anderson - Time Out New York
Would be right at home as a movie made for television. As a feature film, it is a forgettable, humdrum sapfest.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
This feels like the movie Tyler Perry has been trying to make for years now -- just less stage bound and better acted.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Dave White - Movies.com
A holiday film with much goodwill but just as much predictability.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Sometimes a movie can succeed because of just one thing: people we like a lot.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Film editor Paul Seydor, the best cut man in the business, keeps the violent confrontations shocking and real, but never loses Whitmore's comic vision of Christmas as an open season in which anything can happen.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
...after having endured movies like The Family Stone and Christmas with the Kranks..., it is a most welcome and delightful relief.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Christmas won't wow anyone with its audacity or originality, but it's bound to make plenty of people happy with its slick, crowd-pleasing familiarity.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
This Christmas is not your typical family holiday movie, and thank goodness for that. It's warm, witty and alive, with a fantastic cast and a belief in its characters that transcends its formulaic tendencies.
G. Allen Johnson - San Francisco Chronicle
There are more status symbols hanging from this family drama than a department-store tree has ornaments.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
King is too strong a presence to be convincing as a pushover. She's still interesting to watch, and her character's friction with sister Kelli seem truthful at moments. But just about everything involving Lisa and her husband is a stretch.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Through the copious hugs and soundtrack cues, This Christmas hits the familiar holiday themes earnestly -- and during the Christmas season, that should count for something.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
I have to ask: What could possibly explain the presence of two first-rate actors like Lindo and Elba in a movie as bland as This Christmas?
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
With heaping amounts of food, music, seasonal spirit and drama, drama, drama, there's no reason not to add this one to a shortlist of recent holiday favorites.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Loretta Devine is a treasure as the no-nonsense mother, and Delroy Lindo is as delightful as ever as her longtime beau -- give these two old pros a whole movie about late-in-life romance and we'd all be happy.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A family movie that holds few surprises but an abundance of hope and goodwill.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II serves up an overstuffed but satisfying Yuletide comedy-drama with a fine cast.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
It's just harmless and bland and dull and predictable, and sometimes that's worse than a bad movie.
Andy Spletzer - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Smooth and soothing as a cup of eggnog, but not much more satisfying.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This version adheres just enough to the usual traditions to satisfy, with most of its appeal in its top-notch ensemble performances and the freshness of its setting in the home of a middle-class black family.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Writer/director Preston A. Whitmore II mixes his own life experience with time worn genre cliches yet produces a holiday movie that feels fresh thanks largely to his appealing and talented cast.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
As inert as an artificial tree and as pointless as eggnog without brandy.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
When a 'heartwarming' holiday movie is this hamfisted, the best response is to slap some pineapple slices on it, throw it in the oven, and serve it for Christmas dinner.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
That's right, this is a Christmas film that actually constructs a happy ending out of the sight of a naked and oiled black man being whipped for comedic effect.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
After four Tyler Perry feature films, we finally have the very first official knockoff with This Christmas. Of course, with such an honor comes a delicious twist: it's miles ahead of anything Perry could muster.
Brian Orndorf - eFilmCritic.com
a cornucopia of cine-cheer and familydysfunction.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Some may enjoy This Christmas for its clan emotion and fitful moments of true liveliness.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A holiday melodrama suffering from severe bloat.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A nearly XXXmas, juiced up with jazz, jive and one secretive sister's main squeeze, her vibrator hidden away in mama's bedroom drawer.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
An unusual blend of well-balanced comedy and drama, writer/director Preston A. Whitmore II's Christmastime movie effortlessly weaves multiple storylines of family members reuniting for the first time in four years.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com