A Christmas Story (1983) Synopsis
A boy (Peter Billingsley) tries to convince his parents to get him a BB gun.
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TV Guide

The cast is wonderful--especially McGavin, Billingsley and Petrella--the laughs are nonstop if rarely subtle, and the whole thing deserves...
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The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
The affection audiences feel for A Christmas Story is related to the holiday spirit, yes, but specifically to Clark and Shepherd's...
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100

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
In short, A Christmas Story isn't just about Christmas; it's about childhood and it recaptures a time and place with love and wonder. It...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is pitch-perfect, telling the story through the enthusiastic and single-minded vision of its hero Ralphie, and finding in young Peter...
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60

Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
Director Bob Clark teamed with nostalgic humorist Jean Shepherd for this squeaky clean and often quite funny 1983 yuletide comedy, adapted...
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The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Though Mr. Billingsley, Mr. Gavin, Miss Dillon and the actress who plays Ralphie's school teacher are all very able, they are less funny...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Needless to say, what's refreshing about A Christmas Story is subversive to the sepia-toned and loving references to the forties which...
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a holiday classic

By will ms
this is my favorite holiday movie i watch it every year on tbs the acting was good the directing was good the cinematography was good the writing was good this movie is far kids age far 4 or 6...

So FUNNY!

By andrewtaylor52
I absolutely love this movie it is hilarious. All the characters are funny. 10/10....

A Christmas Classic

By filmreal
"A Christmas Sory" tells the story of a dysfunctional family in the holiday season. The film revolves around Ralphie, the elder of two boys, and his longing for a BB gun. Ralphie turns to Mom and...

A CHRISTMAS STORY(1983)

By CRITT334
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A Christmas Story

By daneez18
It's such a cute oldie but goodie. It was my boyfriend and my first time watching. These were the innocent days....

By blrossjr79
Classic grew up on this I think every kid should see it....

Five Word Review

By Bulldawgz100
Best Christmas movie to see...

A classic

By pulpfiction007
This movie is a tradition to see every Christmas along with Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and frosty the snowman....

Best part of Christmas!

By redyeah
My favorite part of christmas time is watching this a billion times. I never tire of the official red ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle! Or the chinese food on christmas...

By far the worst movie ever

By julosw
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
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