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Christmas With the Kranks Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Bad can't begin to describe Christmas With the Kranks. It's sub-humbug.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    For a comedian (Allen) who often seems to be calling it in, he's more lackluster than usual. Curtis is a bigger disappointment, especially after "Freaky Friday," in which she was funny, smart and cheeky.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In its hostile sitcom way, Christmas With the Kranks is a paranoid comic nightmare of conformity gone mad.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Allison Benedikt

    Phony, disingenuous family entertainment, suffocated by its green bean casserole approach to Middle America, spineless cardboard characters and paper-thin plot "twists."

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A Christmas comedy where laughs and even Christmas joy are in short supply.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Not an abomination, although it is uninspired and insipid. As such, it's perfect television fare.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 8+

Unoriginal, unfunny slapstick holiday fare.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some mild sexual references (Nora thinks Luther wants to have sex and starts taking off her sweater and gulps down some wine, saying, "But it isn't Saturday!"). Characters drink wine and beer on social occasions and some reach for alcohol to deal with stress. There is a lot of comic violence and mayhem, with many falls, bashes on the head, and electrocutions that are intended to be funny. A character receives bad news about the recurrence of cancer.

  • Families can talk about what is important about Christmas or other holidays and which traditions have the most meaning to them. They could also talk about peer pressure and how to know when to listen to the community and when to stick with your own judgment about what is right.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Latin American stereotypes played for laughs.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Extended comic violence, illness.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Mild sexual references.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, characters drink in response to stress.