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Surviving Christmas
Directed by Mike Mitchell, Surviving Christmas finds Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) uneager to spend another lonely Christmas in his own home. Longing for holidays past, Drew travels to his childhood home intending to relive the experience of a family Christmas -- unfortunately, his family no longer lives there. This represents only a small snafu to Drew, who offers the Valco patriarch and his wife (Sopranos star James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara) a huge amount of money if they consent to pretend they are his parents and that he is a cherished member of the family. This entails… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pique on earth and ill will toward men permeate this mirthless comedy."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Surviving Christmas is about as funny as a rubber crutch for Tiny Tim."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Surviving Christmas is a mediocre ninety-minute sit-com; if you're looking for wit and humor, stay away."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"You may not survive watching it."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"A colossal turkey."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"There's a lot to not buy in Surviving Christmas. I recommend not buying."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"You'll be lucky if you survive this dumb movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Despite the talent involved, this fails to raise so much as a smile, let alone laughs and Christmas cheer."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"All that's vaguely funny or Christmassy about this are the sweaty beads of desperation which string together like fairy-lights across Affleck's forehead as he hammers out one lame gag after another."
‑ Stella Papamichael,
"The moral is that money can indeed buy happiness."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"Maybe the worst thing that can be said for Surviving Christmas is that it doesn't succeed even on its humble level of aspiration."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Ben Affleck needs to stop making movies."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If you thought the Ron Howard Grinch movie was the worst excuse for a holiday movie in recent memory, then look out: this one's worse."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Surviving Christmas can't decide whether it wants to be naughty or nice and the end result is a sometime funny story, but with a severe multiple personality disorder ."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
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