Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays (1995)

In this affectionate comedy, an eccentric extended family members gathers for their annual Thanksgiving feast and bring with them their many problems and personal quirks. Claudia flies from Chicago to Boston to visit her parents for the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 3, 1995
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Foster's second directorial effort is a vividly drawn if too episodic portrait of an eccentric family, well acted by the entire cast, especially Holly Hunter and Robery Downey Jr.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Funny, adult look at a dysfunctional holiday.

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Time Out

A modest film (in every sense) which pushes the gags too hard.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.

TV Guide

Jodie Foster has directed a poisoned paean to the great American tradition of torturous family gatherings.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Spirited but uneven.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Foster and Richter, of course, want to do more than make audiences laugh; they want us to be touched by their characters' humanity and take an interest in a budding romance, but that rarely is the case.

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This has its fair share of laugh out loud moments and a good deal of heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
All I can say is, I hope The Beaver is better than this mess.
Keysha H
Although this movie is all about a nutty family..it is one of my favorite holiday films. Robert Downy Jr. is awesome and messed up...just like the people you… More
Conner Rainwater
A really good holiday movie. It's not corny or childish, actually I was really surprised at how good it was. Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. were both… More
Leigh Ryan
Holly is great in this film.
A.D. Villarreal
Quirky, cute and humorous movie about a seriously disfunctional family. Hunter is in top form here.
Laura Cameron
This film is a perfect mix of comedy and drama, it draws you in with its sarcastic humor and keeps you hooked with its poignancy. If you like indies with a… More