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The Perfect Holiday Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… worse than your house catching fire on Christmas Eve. Read full 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
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    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Strives to be nothing more than easygoing and heartwarming.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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  • 67

    out of 100

    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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Christmas fable is cute and tame, but unoriginal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fairly predictable holiday comedy includes some pratfalls and suggestive language and behavior -- especially on the part of the "bad" father. You can also expect ongoing deceptions and lies (between parents and children, boyfriend and girlfriend), some romantic kissing, a few cleavage shots, and some language ("damn," one use of "s--t," and sexual insinuations like "get busy").

  • Families can talk about how this movie is similar to -- and different from -- other holiday films. What elements do many holiday movies tend to have in common? Families can also discuss the tension within the movie's central family. How can kids cope with strained relationships between parents? Kids: Have your parents ever disappointed you? How did it feel? How did you handle it?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Throughout the film, Bah Humbug dupes and comically abuses Mrs. Christmas. Repeated family tensions between divorced parents and between disappointing dad and his ever-hopeful kids. Ongoing deceits, mistaken identities, and tricks.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Cartoon credits show slapstick violence ("devilish" character pulls pranks on "angelic character using a saw and hammer, causing comic electrocution by Christmas lights, etc.). Jamal pretends to be a bounty hunter and stops a purse snatcher. Someone jokes that "Santa died." In a sort-of tense scene, a child almost falls from a tall Christmas tree.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some language ("bootylicious"); a couple of scenes feature women with cleavage. Gentle kissing between central couple.

  • language false0

    Language: One use each of "damn" and "s--t," plus some sexual slang ("get busy" and "hook up").

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Visual and verbal references to Starbucks, Google, Sugar Pops, Enyce.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue