Reviews of Four Christmases
gave it two stars out of four.
"This is no "Bad Santa," a Christmas picture whose go-for-broke disreputability warms my heart like no other. But "Four Christmases" … has a pleasingly cranky quality, particularly for the way it recognizes that at holiday time, the people around us are more likely than usual to remind us that they think we're conducting our lives all wrong.
gave it two stars out of four. "The film has its funny moments, but they are too few to make the holiday excursion worthwhile. This predictable and dyspeptic story presents yet another dysfunctional family gathering, as we've come to expect in modern yuletide movies."
"A film built on dumb contrivances, one that itself can't fake a single genuine moment when the chips are down. The result is two bad movies in one: a gimmicky romantic comedy, and one of those seasonal headaches that submits loud family dysfunction as a vehicle for Christmas cheer."
gave it two stars out of four: "Blandly conventional holiday comedy … a yuckfest (in the truest sense of the term) whose main objective is to make sure that, at every single moment, its audience knows exactly what's coming next."
"Is it possible to see Four Christmases and actually like it? Next week's box-office grosses will tell. Maybe word of mouth will be so bad that audiences will wise up and stay away."
"The movie is a painful mix of farce, mush and propaganda for parenthood. Given this loser and Fred Claus
, maybe Vaughn ought to swear off Christmas movies."
The New York Times:
“Four Christmases” isn’t anything astonishing, but at 86 minutes, divided into four farcical set pieces, plus necessary exposition, denouement and interstitial drive time, it’s an efficient and stress-free entertainment package.… To an unusual and welcome degree, “Four Christmases” makes merry with an impressive range of modern American social awfulness.
"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."
The Orlando Sentinel
gave it two out of five stars. "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."