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The Holiday

Romance . Comedy

Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man (Jude Law, Jack Black) but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.

Actors: Kate Winslet , Cameron Diaz , Jude Law , Jack Black , Eli Wallach , Edward Burns , Rufus Sewell , Miffy Englefield , Emma Pritchard , Sarah Parish
Directors: Nancy Meyers
Country: USA
Release: 2006-12-08
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  • Stephen Saito

    The Holiday is the type of welcome diversion that only Meyers still seems to specialize -- a romantic comedy where Barbara Stanwyck and Rosalind Russell would have been just as natural as Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet and where the one liners fly like confetti.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    This melding of comedic minds is one of the better holiday gifts we've received, cinematically speaking.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    If you're willing to embrace a bit of corniness for the sake of some incisive humor, a few poignant moments and enjoyable scenarios, make time for The Holiday.

    USA Today Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Despite this familiarity-wallow, The Holiday is likable. Really likable, in fact.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    It's formulaic but with a big heart.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The alluring surfaces of other people's lives can be deceiving, though generally not in a Nancy Meyers comedy, where the thin veneer of fantasy cloaks ... more fantasy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    A lavishly overstuffed gift basket of a movie.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The dialogue has a perky synthetic sheen, and with the exception of Diaz, Meyers brings out the best in her actors.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Much more silly than romantic.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Even though almost everything about it feels forced and its casting chemistry hardly sizzles, its heart is in the right place, it has its quota of funny and touching moments, and it's ultimately fairly enjoyable.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    No matter how good-natured, The Holiday ends up a glutted farce.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    A harmlessly cheery confection.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Law shines like a sunbeam, warming the film with rakish charm and unexpected emotionalism.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Admitting that it's formulaic doesn't make it any less so, but it's enjoyable in a mushy, easily digested sort of way.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • William Thomas

    There is bound to be a large appreciative audience for this chick flick. But it might not be you.

    Empire Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Meyers can write a good zinger, and she has a knack for casting actors who not only look good in bed, but are talented enough to rise above the material and, in some cases, nearly transform it (save Diaz). But make no mistake: We're a long way here from Ben Hecht and Preston Sturges.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Ms. Meyers, whose ambitions are telegraphed by her film's title, which directly invokes George Cukor's lovely 1938 romp "Holiday," has created a cumbersome vehicle by saddling Iris with a flamboyantly glamorous Los Angeles double, Amanda. As played by Cameron Diaz with oodles of charm and not an ounce of persuasion, Amanda doesn’t as much mirror Iris's love troubles as throw them into wincing relief.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    iIt's far less sickly than plenty of yuletide offerings, last year's "The Family Stone" being one shudder-worthy example.

    Slate Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The Holiday is a 131-minute romantic comedy for those who, if they had their way, would still be watching "Love Actually."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Complaining about the gooey and generic The Holiday is as useless as railing against fruitcake - this is a slick, throwaway chick flick designed to provide nothing more than mindless diversion between bouts of shopping.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    This is familiar territory for writer-director Nancy Meyers, Hollywood's queen of the chick flick. Her latest has charming moments and a hopeful message for despondent singles, but it lacks the emotional resonance of Meyers' "Something's Gotta Give" and the zaniness of "What Women Want."

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    A lark, with pretensions to be more.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Holiday is no vacation. Sloppy writing, an overindulgent editor, and poor casting have taken an intriguing premise and transformed it into an uneven mess.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    For some (okay, me), The Holiday, like the holidays, will require some girding up, and is best met halfway with a self-immunizing smile. Otherwise, the good cheer may ring false; worse, it might even seem to sell love cheap, and lovers short.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    His (Law's) is the standout performance, probably because it's quiet and reflective and nuanced amidst the flurries of relationship talk.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The Holiday drags on for more than two hours, long enough for even the most ardent suitor to lose interest. The premise, so delectable at the start, quickly begins to feel tired and oversold. Full Review
  • Stanley Kauffmann

    Winslet is an actress, Diaz is not. The screenplay by Nancy Meyers, who directed, has dialogue that is not near the snap level of, say, Nicole Holofcener's comparable "Friends With Money."

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The problem is that happy endings this strident and overextended begin to seem somewhat desperate.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    In what was clearly designed to be a chick flick, the on-screen chicks work hard at being endearing, while Jude Law, as Amanda's more than conversational partner, charms everyone effortlessly and gets the best lines.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Even with a wild card like Black desperately retooling his lines, there's nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday--it's as chilling as heart-warmers get.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    This overproduced romantic comedy doesn't even qualify as fluff; it's flat, featureless plastic.

    Washington Post Full Review
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