80

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Mr. Burns shuffles this dense material with the dexterity of a card shark. The pace, although swift, is never rushed. The writing and acting give you vivid enough tastes of the characters - there are seven children, two parents, and assorted spouses, lovers and friends - so that each registers as a singular flavor.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
As an actor, Burns has worked the Hollywood game from "Saving Private Ryan" to "Alex Cross." But his core passion is for making indie movies without studio interference, guerilla style. Because he takes his films personally, so do we. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is one of his best.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This tale of a dysfunctional family whose members experience enough personal crises to fuel a dozen films is a virtual compendium of clich├ęs, but the star's sheer likeability makes it go down as easily as a cup of eggnog.
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70

NPR

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is extremely perceptive about certain angles on life in a big family.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Burns has assembled such a fine cast that we leave feeling satisfied, as if we didn't get the iPad mini we wanted, but a pretty good novel instead.
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
In this overly familiar and ultimately meandering exercise in tedium, Mr. Burns also plays the lead.
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50

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem.
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40

Time Out New York

There are a few nicely turned moments... but they're scattered plums in a starchy, flavorless pudding.
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38

Slant Magazine

Edward Burns certainly doles out his fair share of family turmoil, but he admirably doesn't make lunatics out of his characters.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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