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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Home for the Holidays strikes such a perfect note that it's hard at first to realize what an impressive balancing act it is. show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    But director Jodie Foster and writer W.D.Richter aren't content to serve the usual Planes, Trains and Cliches at their Thanksgiving feast. With her keen actor's instincts, Foster piles on plenty for her terrific cast to chew on and for us to savor. [03 Nov 1995, Pg.01.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Foster directs the film with a sure eye for the revealing little natural moment. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Foster has whipped the actors into the sort of comic frenzy usually reserved for farce, and the ready-for-anything energy serves the material well. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    From a sharp, jaundiced script by W.D. Richter ("Buckaroo Banzai"), Jodie Foster has directed a poisoned paean to the great American tradition of torturous family gatherings. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Foster's film offers its fair share of laughs, although most come at the expense of "easy mark" characters. Dramatically, however, the movie is only a step up from a flop. show more

  • 60

    There are few surprises on offer here; the comedy is engaging without ever being side-splitting, the dramatic conflict convinces without going overboard, and the denouement, feelgood as it is, can be spotted a long way in the distance. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Overall, the movie stresses the more painful and awkward moments; moments that might be classified as "heartwarming" are rare. This results in a very cynical tone and I suspect that was not the desired effect. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Foster, working from a patchy, meandering script by W.D. Richter, produces scene after scene of rudderless banter. The movie is all asides, all nattering; the actors seem lost in their busy, fractious shticks. show more

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