• Released
  • November 24, 1999
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A fine French comedy-drama.
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80

Village Voice

By Amy Taubin
By turns hilarious and wounding.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Suave, witty and wonderfully acted ensemble piece.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The fine cast helps an old-fashioned screenplay seem reasonably fresh most of the time.
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63

Boston Globe

The film's invented Paris -- endless restaurants, boutiques, and impossibly large apartments, with a little artificial ''grit'' thrown in -- is pretty, and the neatly wrapped plot provides the comforting illusion that one's own family dramas can be as easily and amusingly resolved.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Enjoy Christmas in Paris, if you don't have enough problems of your own, with this slice of family life from French director Daniele Thompson.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A good opportunity to catch some marvelous acting.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Not likely to win any hearts or minds this holiday season, La Bûche finally scores points by virtue of its inoffensiveness: Relax, pour a cuppa nog, and watch somebody else muck up the holidays for once.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Sweet and insubstantial -- just like the French Christmas cake for which it's named.
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50

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Engaging in a soap operatic, rather glib way.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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