Entertainment Weekly

Why throw in a bizarre device involving Queen Latifah as a narrating angel and a creepy, sallow Terrence Howard as her adversary? Their A-list names may be a draw, but it's too bad no one thought the endearing performances in this charming (if cliché) family romance would be enough.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There's not much original about the film, but it's played with high spirits and good cheer, there are lots of musical interludes, and it's pitched straight at families.
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San Francisco Chronicle

May be far from perfect, but the big question is why you're sitting in a movie theater watching it instead of cuddling up at home with the remote in one hand and a steaming toddy in the other.
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An inoffensive piece of seasonal movie-muzak.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Strives to be nothing more than easygoing and heartwarming.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
If "This Christmas" served up a crowd-pleasing portion of yuletide "Soul Food," then The Perfect Holiday offers dried-out leftovers.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
For a family-friendly holiday comedy, it's still coarse, formulaic and occasionally just plain weird.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If you're really hoping for a perfect holiday, steer clear of this stale fruitcake of a comedy.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Sappy script. Cheesy supernaturalism. Tired satire.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
You want to make lemonade from this, but even the lemons stink.
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32 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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