A Christmas Tale Synopsis
Illness, grief and complicated relationships darken a family's Yuletide reunion.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
With at least nine primary characters and running two and a half hours, it's a big, fat novel of a movie - a domestic epic that fuses...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Desplechin's films are great, chaotic, unsettling fun. This one's scored, elegantly, to a mixture of standards and classics and original...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie is enchanting.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Density of detail and intensity of experience are the twin distinctions of A Christmas Tale, a long, improbably funny and very beautiful...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Roiling with laughter, tears, drunken confessions, revelatory soliloquies, pain, sorrow, hospital visits, and various kinds of love, A...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Dark secrets are unlocked, words draw more blood than punches, and Desplechin turns one family into a universe that resembles life as a...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though overly self-conscious, this "Tale" is nonetheless wry, observant and frequently heartbreaking. It's also bound to make you feel...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
With Desplechin, it doesn't ever feel as though he's straining to show us things. It's more like we're just hanging out. We're in this...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
If feuds, drunken outbursts and thoughtless bed-hopping sound like fun, then A Christmas Tale is a hoot. Some wry humor runs through the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Despite the name recognition of such actors as Catherine Deneuve and Mathieu Amalric, foreign audiences might be deterred by the movie's...
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Long, dark and hard to follow.

By Ethrdg
I walked into this movie thinking it would be a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family. Although darkness and dysfunction abounded, it was neither funny nor particularly interesting. That,...

Fabulous character development

By brittmayo
By the end of the movie (which comes much sooner than the 2:45 length would seem to indicate), I felt like I knew and cared about all of the large variety of characters. A hard job for a writer to...

Un Film pour Noël

By Hardharderhardest
This classic deserves a place along side "Christmas Story."...