A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story (1983)

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".… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 28, 1999
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Both warmly nostalgic and darkly humorous, A Christmas Story deserves its status as a holiday perennial.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

[A] richly remembered tale of Christmas past.

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Don Peretta
Time Out

Delightfully entertaining, with a wryly amusing narration to keep the adults in the audience smirking.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Never boring, and holds up wonderfully to repeated viewings.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It has a warmth and humor that soar with the season.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Well-crafted and intelligent, A Christmas Story is a delightful classic with iconic scenes and a Middle America charm.
Alice Shen
I tuned in halfway during TBS's A Christmas Story marathon. Everything was five-star gold. Watching it three more times kinda wore on me.
Chris Weber
Little Ralphie really wants a Red Ryder B. B. Gun for Christmas, and not even the objections of authority figures will dampen his quest to get it. Good Lord,… More
Everett Johnson
Not many movies do I make sure to watch at least once a year, let alone watch it more than once a day. But, every year I look forward to watching this numerous… More
Anthony Lawrie
I don't get the warm and fuzzy feeling of nostalgia watching this film as until this Christmas just passed, I'd never seen it. That is due to the fact… More
Melvin White
Narrator: Was there no end to the conspiracy of irrational prejudice against Red Ryder and his peacemaker? "Peace. Harmony. Comfort and Joy... Maybe Next… More

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