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

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 18, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 28, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's a nostalgic comedy featuring a family of eccentrics who lovingly celebrate the holidays and life itself in Midwestern America in the 1940s.

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James Berardinelli

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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Kids and guns, you can't go wrong with that combination. It adds up to a film that is sweet and sappy, yet still entertaining.

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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

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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Flixster Audience Score: 88% 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.
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
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
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
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.
KJ Proulx
Now here's a story where a simple premise goes a long way. "A Christmas Story" follows a young boy (Ralphie) as he is wanting only one present… More