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A Christmas Story

PG In Theaters 11/18/1983 , 95min.
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Critic score based on 8 reviews

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November 19, 2013
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
\"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
December 25, 2011
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
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
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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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] Full Review
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. Full Review
James Berardinelli
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. Full Review
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] Full Review
Noel Murray
The Onion 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. Full Review
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