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Happy Christmas Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    70

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    Happy Christmas desperately needs some real jokes, rather than settling for the bemused chuckles that accompany its banal observations into human nature.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Swanberg may be one of the few American filmmakers who'd benefit from reading one of those "10 Rules for Mediocre Hollywood Screenwriting" how-to books. Many find a kind of truth and life and rough domestic magic in his films. Here and there, now and then, I see what they're talking about.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Swanberg's modest script lays out some fairly mundane domestic situations, which the actors elevate with a collaborative style characterized by gentle humor and authentic, frequently overlapping dialogue.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Keith Staskiewicz

    That doesn’t stop the movie as a whole from feeling a little slight, though, like a Christmas tree that isn’t entirely filled out.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Happy Christmas expertly captures the rhythms of a young couple’s life and how it changes enormously when a baby arrives.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Village Voice Alan Scherstuhl

    The movie's packed with minor incidents, all fresh, compelling, and funny. It also boasts two lengthy scenes that are touched with something greater.

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