The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Resentments, pregnancies, cancer, spousal abuse and the struggle of a recovering alcoholic all come and go on cue.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A holiday-themed piece shot through with humor and heartbreak. No bull. And low on sappy.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A]chingly lovely... so full of bittersweet melancholy and yet so fixedly hopeful without ever having to touch on the sentimental...

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

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.

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Todd Jorgenson

The ensemble cast is mostly agreeable, but the script eventually bogs down amid too many characters and too many contrivances.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

The dysfunctional silbling-squabbling delivers diluted holiday cheer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
In 1995 a young Edward Burns came onto the film scene with independent, family drama The Brothers McMullen and followed it up with equally impressive films like… More
Melvin White
Jim Fitzgerald: I had no intention of breaking this family up! I have yet to see an Edward Burns film that I didn't enjoy and The Fitzgerald Family… More
Jim Hunter
An estranged father wants to spend his last Christmas with his family. The characters in this film aren't new and border on cliche, but Edward Burns can… More
Bradley Wright
Fun and sweet.
Cynthia S.
Rather boring. Too bad, because I usually like Ed Burns movies. Not at all a typical holiday film.
Panta Oz
When I checked what was left out for me to watch, this was the ONLY movie I had left last night... and reading the title didn't give me much hope that this… More