• Released
  • October 22, 2004
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 31 min
  • Comedy
    Family
  • 36 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A record exec pays the family in his childhood home to embrace him as a Christmas guest.

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Chicago Tribune

As light, fluffy, cockle-warming holiday entertainment, this thing is pretty sweet.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
There are a few amusing moments, helped by subdued performances from Affleck and Gandolfini, but this is no "Bad Santa" despite its obvious...
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Can't decide whether it wants to be a black comedy, dumb farce, or sentimental sit-com.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Some screwball moments elicit a chuckle or two, but the script is weak and the characterizations clichéd.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Everything about it is manufactured -- the emotions are false, the sentiments are phony, and the story is a construction of mirthless...
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Ben Affleck's goose is cooked with Surviving Christmas, a movie that makes "Gigli" look like one of the crowning moments in his career.
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12

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's the sort of stupid swill that gets spewed out by a studio committee, slapped together without a brain, a heart, or a good idea about...
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10

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A lame comic premise, a tiresome-bordering-on-obnoxious protagonist and a script devoid of humor is a lot to overcome for any movie, and...
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0

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So bad you're nostalgic for "Gigli." So painful you need an epidural. So mindless you'll lose yours wondering, "What were they...
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0

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There are no survivors here.
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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, language and a brief drug reference
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Common Sense Media says Not for kids 13 and under You'll be lucky if you survive this dumb movie.
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