A Christmas Story
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In the 1940's, in the town of Hammond, 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing for Christmas -- an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, "No, you'll shoot your eye out". When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying "You'll shoot your eye out." Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa's response is familiar, he says, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Ralph fears that he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"[A] richly remembered tale of Christmas past."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Delightfully entertaining, with a wryly amusing narration to keep the adults in the audience smirking."
‑ , Time Out
"It takes pause to recognize the collective good nature we owe to one another all year round, and pays that knowledge forward with charm and wistfulness."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"It won't make anyone forget Miracle on 34th Street, but this is pleasant fare as far as holiday films go nowadays, which isn't very far."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Wonderful antidote to saccharine holiday tales."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Shepherd provides the voice-over of the grown hero narrating, and his prominence on the sound track forces Clark to focus on visual humor, resulting in some wild Our Gang-style slapstick."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There are a number of small, unexpectedly funny moments in A Christmas Story, but you have to possess the stamina of a pearl diver to find them."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Never boring, and holds up wonderfully to repeated viewings."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This witty, insightful, hugely enjoyable movie is riven with glorious home truths and a merciful lack of saccharin."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"This great heartwarming comedy from the director of Porky's was a flop during its theatrical run, but, like It's a Wonderful Life, has become a staple on cable during the holiday season."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It has a warmth and humor that soar with the season."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"An underlying sweetness keeps the cynicism from getting out of hand, while the more subversive moments help temper its saccharine tendencies."
‑ Rob Vaux, Mania.com
"Funny, touching and unabashedly nostalgic. A true classic."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
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