The Holdovers

critic Reviews

, 97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Beautifully bittersweet, The Holdovers marks a satisfying return to form for director Alexander Payne.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    The format may be unsurprising but there is nothing unsurprising about just how good and enjoyable this is... this is the kind of bittersweet, character-dialogue driven piece they just don't do anymore.
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    David SextonNew Statesman
    It is the genius of Paul Giamatti to make us, over the course of this great movie, not just re-evaluate and learn to respect this mess of a man but actually... to love him.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    There’s a bracingly astringent bleakness under its surface layer of melancholy humour; a biting, sharp edge that counters the occasional lurch towards sentimentality.
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    Linda MarricHeyUGuys
    The Holdovers emerges as a testament to Payne's unique storytelling ability, offering a grownup drama for intelligent audiences, inviting a nuanced exploration of the complexities of human relationships against the backdrop of cruel classist rigidity.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    Some may still baulk at the conventional structure. But conventions emerge for a reason. An absolute treasure. Merry Christmas to you all.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Giamatti gives a wonderful performance here. He roots his character’s frustrations not in cruelty but in misguided desperation -- an eagerness to mould these boys into men better than himself.
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    Tony Macklintonymacklin.net
    The Holdovers is a more challenging movie than it might appear on the surface.
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    Jeffrey OverstreetLooking Closer
    Unfortunately, The Holdovers really lives up to its name. ... Worth seeing for its playful homage to a very specific slice of cinema history, for its three lead performances, and for a few very good scenes that come before those last, long 30 minutes.
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    Jaylan SalahInSession Film
    Randolph takes the pain and the imminent grief that her character is feeling to the core, making her chain-smoking adaptation to the situation, while watching the game shows and interacting with the other characters all the more impactful.
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    CJ SheuThe News Lens International
    Absolutely nothing new happens in Alexander Payne’s surprisingly warm and fuzzy film, but it’s a perfectly fine way to while away 135 minutes. And — who knows? — you might even remember some well-worn yet valuable life lessons.
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