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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Fast paced and engagingly acted.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

It's warm, witty and alive, with a fantastic cast and a belief in its characters that transcends its formulaic tendencies.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
At the multiplex where so many holiday movies feel regifted, This Christmas is a gift.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everyone in this madly good-looking clan has got soapy problems as befits an aspirational, say-amen holiday movie.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
One of those overstaffed, overstuffed "when do we eat?" holiday dramedies. Call it a double-extra-strength episode of "Soul Food."
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Enjoyable enough. Though like some holiday fare, it doesn't quite stay with you.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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