This is marginally better than most, with a few offbeat comic ideas, a reliably droll performance from Vaughn, and, as the parents, four watchable old troupers in search of a fat paycheck.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
Gordon's stars are charmless, his script cheerless, and his sterling supporting cast can't seem to figure out what they've been brought on board to do.
-Bob MondelloFull Review
Didn't quite get over the hump.
-Ben MankiewiczFull Review
Oh, the hilarity of hating your family at the holidays.
-Ben LyonsFull Review
Seems intent on being as generic and lowbrow as possible, with broad slapstick emphasized over witty dialogue or interesting characters.
-Eric D. SniderFull Review
Four Christmases is refreshingly tart and lean, forgoing the usual schmaltz and syrup of the season.
-A.O. ScottFull Review
The difference between the average unfunny comedy and this one is the difference between Grandpa telling you knock-knock jokes and Grandpa telling you knock-knock jokes with his bathrobe open as his hand creeps up your thigh.
-Kyle SmithFull Review
Think of it as fun tear-away wrapping on what's essentially a boring pair of socks.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
It really needs to be stamped Don't Open Until DVD.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
It's Four Christmases in need of a wedding, or maybe a funeral.
-Susan WalkerFull Review
One and a half Christmases is about all that's worth celebrating in Four Christmases.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
To brand, then dismiss, Four Christmases as a disappointment would be giving it too much credit -- never, for a second, did this New Line Cinema cast-off scream or even whisper decent in the run-up to its opening.
-Robert WilonskyFull Review
Several maraschino cherries short of a fruitcake.
-Dan ZakFull Review
A sequence in which they dress up as Mary and Joseph for a Nativity play is genuinely funny. The rest of Four Christmases doesn't do them justice.
Ho, ho, ho? No, no, no.
-Joe LeydonFull Review
This being a Christmas comedy of sorts, it demands a happy ending of sorts. And a moral too.
-Rick GroenFull Review
-Roger EbertFull Review
When will filmmakers learn that if you start with Bad Santa and finish with It's a Wonderful Life, you just end up with curdled eggnog?
-Ty BurrFull Review
The acrid, wince-worthy Four Christmases may well be part of the war on Christmas Bill O'Reilly's always fog-horning about. Christmas and Christianity will survive it. But barely.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
In the end, a musty procreation moral is left to push forth this flimsy plot -- and that's neither original nor particularly funny.
-Christy DeSmithFull Review
It's four home-for-the-holidays comedies in one, and the variety-pack structure works for the movie: Each nightmare household has a wacked flavor all its own, and none wears out its welcome.
-Owen GleibermanFull Review
'When in doubt, bring on the projectile baby vomit' appears to be the guiding comedic principle behind Four Christmases.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
Like a gift card in your stocking, the romantic comedy Four Christmases is pretty generic, though you might still be grateful for it.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
This comedy about a happy couple made miserable by having to visit four divorced parents begins with a bang but settles into sentiment so maudlin that even this cast can't save it.
-Roger MooreFull Review
This is what happens when a successful indie documentary filmmaker gets sucked in by the Hollywood system.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
Vaughn makes the movie tolerable here and there, but this kind of slapsticky physical comedy doesn't suit Witherspoon at all.
-Christy LemireFull Review
Is it funny? Yeah. Sometimes very.
-Suzanne Condie LambertFull Review
Four Christmases to deliver a quadruple dose of dysfunctional family hijinks to genuinely dispiriting results.