Deck the Halls
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This family comedy is about one-upmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve, a suburban dad and Christmas enthusiast, leads a well-ordered, well-planned, and well-organized life. His new neighbor, Buddy, is Steve's polar opposite: a big personality with big dreams, which have yet to materialize. But, Buddy's latest dream--to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space--is turning Steve's disciplined world into a nightmare. As Buddy's home explodes with festive lights of incredible… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

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"Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"I love the Christmas season, but there are times when I wish it would go away if only to save audiences from horrific experiences like this."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Makes us miss those Home Alone days..."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"The distasteful formula is even more sour and ham-handed than usual; Broderick's and DeVito's natural likeability never stands a chance."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"When Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito team up for a comedy that can't even deliver one well-oiled joke, that's a big problem."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This one follows the depressing pattern of Surviving Christmas and Christmas With the Kranks: enforced holiday cheer gives way to bilious hatred, then hollow forgiveness."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The gags land like lumps of coal, but at least the unnatural mounds of fluffy white snow remain unsullied in the dreck."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"a bit too faux-humbug for me"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Even the most dimwitted of kids will see through this poorly made mishmash of every other holiday film."
‑ Andy Kurtz,
"[Deck the Halls] wants to be both naughty and nice, but just ends up feeling deeply confused."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Ah, another lifeless comedy for the holidays. It's just super to be reminded how mean-spirited and grotesquely commercial the Christmas season can be, isn't it?"
‑ Kit Bowen,
‑ Christopher Null,
"What's interesting about typical Hollywood Christmas movies is that regardless of how crass, vulgar, or mean-spirited they may be, by the last scene they will inevitably try to wrap viewers in a blanket of warm seasonal cheer."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
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