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Last Holiday Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

… dopiness. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A chaste and tepid remake of a 1950 British comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Once again, Queen Latifah survives some remarkably clumsy filmmaking. More than survives; she manages to prevail.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Queen Latifah finally gets a vehicle that gives her formidable talents and expansive spirit plenty of blooming room.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie clichés are bearable mainly because the cast rises above the formulaic material. There are also some bona fide laughs to be had once the setting switches to a luxurious resort in the Czech Republic.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A movie that takes advantage of the great good nature and warmth of Queen Latifah, and uses it to transform a creaky old formula into a comedy that is just plain lovable.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    We may know exactly where we're going, but the journey is so much fun, all but the most peevish audience members will find it impossible to complain.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Formulaic but sometimes winning comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes comedic references to a terminal illness and some nonexplicit but perhaps mildly worrisome scenes of medical examination (loud machines, doctor's bad news, lack of health insurance). Characters allude to sexual desire and appearances (references to "going down," "ass," "booty," and breasts; soundtrack songs include "Let's Get It On"); women wear swimsuits, towels, and cleavage-revealing clothing; some brief kissing. A couple of characters smoke (cigar and cigarette) and multiple characters drink, one to the point of despairing intoxication, whereupon he sits on a building ledge while others worry he will jump. Characters are deceitful and selfish. Sports activities (snowboarding, base jumping) involve some antic violence. Some profanity.

  • Families can talk about Georgia's decision to pursue her dreams -- only after she believes she is about to die. How does she "teach" others who are focused on material success, greed, and reputations to reconsider priorities?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Lessons learned: greedy executives and politicians learn to be "better people" by listening to big-hearted Georgia.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some winter sports result in crashes and bumps.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Breif, mostly comic references to sexual activity ("going down"), desire, and body parts ("booty," "ass"), some kissing, some bodies barely exposed in massage and sauna scenes.

  • language false3

    Language: One use of "motherf---," "damn," "hell," "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Emeril on TV and in cameo, Lean Cusine, Travelocity.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking with dinners, and on New Year's Eve, one character becomes drunk and depressed; minor smoking by background characters.

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