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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    As an actor, Burns has worked the Hollywood game from "Saving Private Ryan" to "Alex Cross." But his core passion is for making indie movies without studio interference, guerilla style. Because he takes his films personally, so do we. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is one of his best. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Burns has assembled such a fine cast that we leave feeling satisfied, as if we didn't get the iPad mini we wanted, but a pretty good novel instead. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    This tale of a dysfunctional family whose members experience enough personal crises to fuel a dozen films is a virtual compendium of clichés, but the star's sheer likeability makes it go down as easily as a cup of eggnog. show more

  • 70
    NPR

    The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is extremely perceptive about certain angles on life in a big family. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    These Fitzgeralds are loud, selfish and often maddening, but they're a loving group, and you wouldn't mind spending more time with them. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Too much of the film is taken up by creaky plot devices and one sibling vowing to track down and talk to another one to resolve a problem. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    In this overly familiar and ultimately meandering exercise in tedium, Mr. Burns also plays the lead. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    Edward Burns certainly doles out his fair share of family turmoil, but he admirably doesn't make lunatics out of his characters. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    There are a few nicely turned moments... but they're scattered plums in a starchy, flavorless pudding. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Mr. Burns shuffles this dense material with the dexterity of a card shark. The pace, although swift, is never rushed. The writing and acting give you vivid enough tastes of the characters - there are seven children, two parents, and assorted spouses, lovers and friends - so that each registers as a singular flavor. show more

  • November 14, 2013 ev00000000171316
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    Wonderful film. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas truly depicts real life for a real-life family. Nothing sugar-coated here, which, in my opinion, is what makes it so great.

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