Neighbors (Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick) in a New England town go to war after one adorns his house with enough Christmas lights to make it visible from space.
" Although it borrows ingredients from many familiar Christmas flicks, it's got a sly twinkle of its own. "
" The ending is so sweet that it'll send your family out of the theater for 3 1/2 solid minutes of smiles before everyone starts drinking and pointing fingers again. "
" A holiday farce that pairs a colorful cast with a generic filmmaker. "
" As long as atrocious, fake-pine duds like this keep making their money back, there's no such thing as a Christmas that's too commercial. "
" As reliable as your Aunt Harriet's sweet potato casserole, every holiday season brings a movie just like John Whitesell's Deck the Halls, in which otherwise sensible actors commit themselves to a cheerless exercise in jingle bell hell. "
" Does anybody in Hollywood celebrate Christmas anymore? You have to wonder, with the woeful Christmas fare that has been hurled at us the past few years. "
" How come the talk-radio blowhards never bring movies like this up when they're inveighing against the War on Christmas? "
" I literally did not count a single laugh in the whole aimless schlep, except for the hucksters who made it, on their way to the bank. "
" 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. "
" It's a holiday ritual: Each year, American moviegoers get the misanthropically stupid, plastic-satire-of- a-plastic-society Christmas comedy they deserve. "
" Laden with false climaxes, the overstuffed plot leaves you exhausted well before the movie ends, and the amiable actors sleepwalk through their uninspired roles. "
" Like a fatally snarled string of Christmas lights, Deck the Halls promises holiday cheer but delivers only frustration. "
" Looking for some early holiday cheer? Look at anything but Deck the Halls. "
" Movies like Deck the Halls should make us all thankful that Christmas only comes once a year. What other season could possibly inspire a story as insipid as this? "
" Mr. Broderick and Mr. DeVito look tired and out of sorts, and you can hardly blame them, given the picture's inept, curdled mixture of sappiness and crude humor. "
" Since this is ostensibly a holiday family picture, things never get so nasty as to be Bad Santa-style outrageous, unless you think a rigged speed-skating competition or a cross-dressing local sheriff is the height of hilarity. "
" The raw ingredients of this crass holiday comedy include an inept stab at Home Alone-style slapstick, sitcom-thin characters, a snickering attitude about tacky yuletide decorations and a good helping of smarmy sentimentality. Merry Christmas! "
" There is something about the holiday season that brings lazy filmmakers to pitch meetings with Frank Capra knockoffs clutched in their sweaty paws. "
" 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. "
" You cannot believe how excruciatingly awful this movie is. "
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