• Released
  • November 3, 1995
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 43 min
  • Comedy

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Home for the Holidays strikes such a perfect note that it's hard at first to realize what an impressive balancing act it is.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Foster directs the film with a sure eye for the revealing little natural moment.
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TV Guide

From a sharp, jaundiced script by W.D. Richter ("Buckaroo Banzai"), Jodie Foster has directed a poisoned paean to the great American tradition of torturous family gatherings.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Foster has whipped the actors into the sort of comic frenzy usually reserved for farce, and the ready-for-anything energy serves the material well.
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There are few surprises on offer here; the comedy is engaging without ever being side-splitting, the dramatic conflict convinces without going overboard, and the denouement, feelgood as it is, can be spotted a long way in the distance.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Overall, the movie stresses the more painful and awkward moments; moments that might be classified as "heartwarming" are rare. This results in a very cynical tone and I suspect that was not the desired effect.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
But director Jodie Foster and writer W.D.Richter aren't content to serve the usual Planes, Trains and Cliches at their Thanksgiving feast. With her keen actor's instincts, Foster piles on plenty for her terrific cast to chew on and for us to savor. [03 Nov 1995, Pg.01.D]
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By James Berardinelli
Foster's film offers its fair share of laughs, although most come at the expense of "easy mark" characters. Dramatically, however, the movie is only a step up from a flop.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Foster, working from a patchy, meandering script by W.D. Richter, produces scene after scene of rudderless banter. The movie is all asides, all nattering; the actors seem lost in their busy, fractious shticks.
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56 out of 100
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