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  • 100
    TV Guide

    The cast is wonderful--especially McGavin, Billingsley and Petrella--the laughs are nonstop if rarely subtle, and the whole thing deserves to become a Christmastime classic. show more

  • 100
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    In short, A Christmas Story isn't just about Christmas; it's about childhood and it recaptures a time and place with love and wonder. It seems an instant classic, a film that will give pleasure to people not only this Christmas, but for many Christmases to come. [19 Nov 1983, p.1] show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's those moments and others and the way they are tied together by Shepherd's tongue-in-cheek narration that cements A Christmas Story as one of those rare must-see holiday movies, even for those who don't celebrate Christmas. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is pitch-perfect, telling the story through the enthusiastic and single-minded vision of its hero Ralphie, and finding in young Peter Billingsley a sly combination of innocence and calculation. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Needless to say, what's refreshing about A Christmas Story is subversive to the sepia-toned and loving references to the forties which director Bob Clark has provided for the film. The fictional Parker family that Shepherd has written about for 20 years is not as gentle or gauzy as they first appear. It's possible to imagine them so preoccupied with their own problems, whether dealing with the neighbor's dogs or winning a mail- order contest, that they could forget Christmas altogether. [25 Nov 1983, p.E5] show more

  • 60
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    Though Mr. Billingsley, Mr. Gavin, Miss Dillon and the actress who plays Ralphie's school teacher are all very able, they are less funny than actors in a television situation comedy that one has chosen to watch with the sound turned off. show more

  • 60
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Director Bob Clark teamed with nostalgic humorist Jean Shepherd for this squeaky clean and often quite funny 1983 yuletide comedy, adapted from Shepherd's novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. show more

  • 100
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    The affection audiences feel for A Christmas Story is related to the holiday spirit, yes, but specifically to Clark and Shepherd's awareness of how the true meaning of Christmas manifests in the real world, where a warm meal on a cold, dark day—and a surprising moment of parental grace—can ease a troubled mind. show more

  • November 19, 2013 You look amazing
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    A joyous nostalgic romp ofdays gone by. it resonates with both young and old.. full of the wonder and excitment leading up to the big DAY. I grew up in the UK, but the essence of the film is universal. BRAVO.

  • December 25, 2012 peakfilms
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    \"A Christmas Story\" mirrors my childhood of the late 30s – early 40s. The father of one of my friends actually owned that same model Oldsmobile. (Indeed thanks to the war, they and the rest of us were forced to keep those 30s era cars well into the late 40s.) And although Dad didn\'t normally use profanity, once in a while when confronted with serious situations, a few shame-shame words slipped out. On my ninth Christmas I received a Red Ryder carbine from Dad, over the objections of Mother. Worse, I almost shot my eye out from a BB ricocheting off the backstop to which we had affixed an old coffee can. The way the film reproduces the mood of that era is uncanny. So once every Christmas season, I’m transported back to that old Denver neighborhood of my chil

  • December 25, 2011 edwin131958
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    I love it. WE see this movie every year with out this movie it dose not feel like Christmas forget the snow

  • December 23, 2010 Gale
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    This is, without a doubt, the quintessential Christmas movie. It embodies the Christmas holiday in all it's glories and quirks from the eyes of a child, just as it should be. A must see!

  • November 27, 2009 PeterA7632
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    Ditto, Ditto, Ditto This movie deserves the top ********** by far one of the best and well worth viewing over and over. Scorp02

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