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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
With THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS, Burns returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots of THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN. Reuniting with McMullen co-stars Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights", "Nashville"), and Michael McGlone, along with Noah Emmerich (LITTLE CHILDREN, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS), Kerry Bishé (ARGO, RED STATE) and Caitlin FitzGerald (DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, NEWLYWEDS) Burns seamlessly weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father (Ed Lauter, THE ARTIST, THE LONGEST YARD) to return home for Christmas for the first time since… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[A]chingly lovely... so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful without ever having to touch on the sentimental..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Burns' latest demonstrates the workmanlike skill with which he's produced a new relationship drama every one or two years."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"The ensemble cast is mostly agreeable, but the script eventually bogs down amid too many characters and too many contrivances."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"A fertile battlefield of sibling discontent and parental resentment, creating a prickly but inviting familial atmosphere that offers enough variation in woe to ease the script out of its occasional dalliance with clumsy melodrama."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Burns remains an agreeable presence throughout, and the emotions mostly ring true, even if the comic elements feel overly broad and individual episodes are hit-and-miss."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Manages the considerable feat of interweaving the personal dramas of nine members of a boisterous Irish-American clan into a coherent mosaic with a streamlined narrative drive."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The dysfunctional silbling-squabbling delivers diluted holiday cheer."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Burns gives a rare picture of another borough, showing the working-class environment he grew up in, and eulogizes: Queens, and even the beaches of Long Island when not in high season."
‑ Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International
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