Home for the Holidays
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It's been said that while most people love their families, they don't always like them very much, and that emotional dividing line is the heart of this comedy directed by Jodie Foster. Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Foster's second directorial effort is a vividly drawn if too episodic portrait of an eccentric family, well acted by the entire cast, especially Holly Hunter and Robery Downey Jr."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Has a spirit and an ostensible shapelessness that are pure Cassavetes, enveloping a script that only seems to reach for the precise calculations of 1930s screwball comedy."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Equal parts weirdly off-putting and humorously endearing. (Strange, I know.)"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"A modest film (in every sense) which pushes the gags too hard."
‑ , Time Out
"Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Jodie Foster has directed a poisoned paean to the great American tradition of torturous family gatherings."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A wonderful, big-hearted, messy Thanksgiving story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Lame attempt at trying to make you feel good."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Spirited but uneven."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Foster and Richter, of course, want to do more than make audiences laugh; they want us to be touched by their characters' humanity and take an interest in a budding romance, but that rarely is the case."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This has its fair share of laugh out loud moments and a good deal of heart."
‑ , Film4
"As director, Jodi Foster is good with her well chosen cast"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"WASP dysfunction done up right"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
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