The Perfect Holiday
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Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, and Terrence Howard star in a film concerning a young girl who implores a department-store Santa to find a new husband for her divorced mother for Christmas. Single mother of three Nancy (Union) has been putting the needs of her three children ahead of her own for as far back as she can remember, and lately her youngest daughter, Emily (Khail Bryant), has become acutely aware of her mother's palpable sadness. As Christmas draws near, Nancy takes her kids to the mall for a cheerful visit with jolly old Saint Nick. When it comes time for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

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"I'd rather watch 90 minutes of a flickering yule log video than sit through this overcooked Christmas goose again."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Despite the flabby direction and uninspired plot, The Perfect Holiday almost works because Chestnut and Union are an attractive couple and you want them to get together."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Love eventually conquers all, as expected, but not before we're forced to sit through a nearly endless parade of clichés, unfunny jokes, and empty drama."
‑ Heather Huntington,
""The Perfect Holiday" isn't perfect. But it does contain moments of merriment."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Perfect Holiday is far from an offensive effort. It's just pathetic and forgettable, and when it comes to Christmas cheer, mediocrity should never be left under the tree."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"[A] wretched yuletide comedy."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"[Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard] may be a draw, but it's too bad no one thought the endearing performances in this charming (if cliché) family romance would be enough."
‑ Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly
"Christmas fable is cute and tame, but unoriginal."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"Bad Santa! No cookie!"
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"There's just no cynicism in this whole story. As if a woman knows how to take a compliment. But this movie allows you to suspend disbelief and buy into a woman who can say thank you."
‑ Fred Topel, Can Magazine
"The Perfect Holiday makes the safest, blandest choices possible in delivering some Christmas cheer for the whole family."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Jovial and junky as all get out, The Perfect Holiday is about what you'd expect from a holiday comedy daring to put 'perfect' in its title. As in anything but."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Queen Latifah and Terrence Howard just show up enough in The Perfect Holiday to either pick up a paycheck or return some kind of mysterious unpaid debt to writer-director Lance Rivera."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It's deplorable that these two stars have been reduced to appearing in such garbage."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"The movie's reach extends beyond it's grasp."
‑ Rafe Telsch,
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