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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
63
Chicago Tribune
As light, fluffy, cockle-warming holiday entertainment, this thing is pretty sweet.
50
There are a few amusing moments, helped by subdued performances from Affleck and Gandolfini, but this is no "Bad Santa" despite its obvious ambition to play similar holiday tricks.
38
ReelViews
Can't decide whether it wants to be a black comedy, dumb farce, or sentimental sit-com.
30
As you watch the comedy lurch along, the woozy, sinking sensation it produces suggests a movie slapped together after the consumption of far too many gallons of that spiked eggnog.
20
Dallas Observer
Wrenches paltry giggles and cheap warmth from a screenplay that makes "Son in Law" seem like Sam Shepard. But wretched Affleck is the real liability.
20
Variety
An almost mirth-free, poorly conceived comedy destined to offer Ben Affleck bashers satchels full of new ammunition.
10
L.A. Weekly
It's screen comedy at the end of its tether, Capra-corn gone rancid.
10
A lame comic premise, a tiresome-bordering-on-obnoxious protagonist and a script devoid of humor is a lot to overcome for any movie, and Surviving Christmas is not the one to do it.
0
Village Voice
This ghastly comedy emits the subliminal whine of a sucking chest wound.
0
Entertainment Weekly
There are no survivors here.

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