Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
Fast paced and engagingly acted. Read full review
It's warm, witty and alive, with a fantastic cast and a belief in its characters that transcends its formulaic tendencies. Read full review
It's different from the usual fare in one obvious way -- most of the cast are African Americans -- and, more importantly, in its willingness to leave some problems unsolved and volatile or unhappy people unchanged. Read full review
At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift. Read full review
Everyone in this madly good-looking clan has got soapy problems as befits an aspirational, say-amen holiday movie. Read full review
What's surprising is how well Whitmore, the director, manages to direct traffic. He's got one crisis cooling, another problem exploding, a third dilemma gathering steam and people exchanging significant looks about secrets still not introduced. It's sort of a screwball-comedy effect, but with a heart. Read full review
No matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet - which is just how every holiday gathering should feel. Read full review
One of those overstaffed, overstuffed "when do we eat?" holiday dramedies. Call it a double-extra-strength episode of "Soul Food." Read full review
Enjoyable enough. Though like some holiday fare, it doesn't quite stay with you. Read full review
Writer-director Preston A. Whitmore II throws enough soap opera for an entire TV season into a story that nearly -- but not quite -- sinks from the weight of all these implausible events. Animated acting and the sheer chaos of this squabbling family give the film a comic buoyancy. Read full review
way better than just about any Tyler Perry film
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