Candy Cane Lane

critic Reviews

, 46% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Candy Cane Lane gets credit for its willingness to get weird, but in most other respects, this Eddie Murphy-led holiday comedy is a dead end.
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    Robert LevinNewsday
    It does stand out in one area, offering more product placement than any movie in recent memory. It's all very sad.
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    Craig MathiesonThe Age (Australia)
    Reginald Hudlin’s film is self-aware, but it’s very broad and in trying to do too much achieves little.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    The best scenes have nothing to do with Christmas, such as Chris and Carol expressing their love and support for each other, and the children telling their father that he’s parenting for himself not them.
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    Owen GleibermanVariety
    “Candy Cane Lane” shows you that the Christmas movie as we’ve known it may be all used up, and that it has now entered its anything-goes surrealist phrase. ‘Tis the season to be batty.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    For the most part, though, it’s an exercise in holiday magic that barely musters a spark, executed in such by-the-numbers fashion even a closing outtakes sequence doesn’t yield any laughs.
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    Marya E. GatesRogerEbert.com
    A frenzied family friendly film as overstuffed as a Christmas stocking, as nutty as a chestnut, and, ultimately, as warm as an open fire.
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    Kevin BourneSHIFTER
    Candy Cane Lane has “instant classic” written all over it, and has the potential to boldly go where no Black Christmas movie has gone before because of the universality of the story and the crossover appeal of Murphy and Ross.
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    Lynn VenhausKTRS Radio (St. Louis)
    Eddie Murphy and director Reginald Hudlin have worked together before, in "Boomerang." Hudlin grew up in East St Louis and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis. It is fun to watch and has a little edge to it.
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    Rachel WagnerHallmarkies Podcast
    Funny family film for the holidays
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    Luke GorhamIn Review Online
    [The film] is so anonymous as a festive offering — a prefab assemblage of holiday parts at best, A.I. spittle at worst — that there’s no room for any directorial signature at all, despite the outrageously bloated (for a Christmas movie) two-hour runtime.
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