Home for the Holidays (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Home for the Holidays (1995)



Critic Consensus: Much like a real-life visit Home for the Holidays, this Thanksgiving-set dramedy can get a little bumpy -- but it also has its share of fondly memorable moments.

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In this affectionate comedy, an eccentric extended family members gathers for their annual Thanksgiving feast and bring with them their many problems and personal quirks. Claudia flies from Chicago to Boston to visit her parents for the holidays, who immediately start treating her like a child.

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Holly Hunter
as Claudia Larson
Robert Downey Jr.
as Tommy Larson
Anne Bancroft
as Adele Larson
Charles Durning
as Henry Larson
Cynthia Stevenson
as Joanne Wedman
Steve Guttenberg
as Walter Wedman
Emily Ann Lloyd
as Brittany Lace
Zack Duhame
as Walter Jr.
Austin Pendleton
as Peter Arnold
David Strathairn
as Russell Terziak
Amy Yasbeck
as Ginny Johnson Drewer
James Lecesne
as Ron Drewer
Angela Paton
as Woman on Airplane
Randy Stone
as Man In Car
Susan Lyall
as Woman at Party
Shawn Hatosy
as Counter Boy
Nat Benchley
as Airport Cop
Molly Austin
as Woman on Airport Phone
Vivienne Shub
as Woman No.2 on Airport Phone
Julie Ann Mendez
as Woman No.3 on Airport Phone
Johnny Tonini
as Young Henry
Eva Langsdorf
as Young Adele
Wilder Ferguson
as Young Glady
Stephanie Francoz
as Young Claudia
Blake Hovespian
as Young Tommy
Natasha Stanton
as Young Joanne
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Critic Reviews for Home for the Holidays

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

Single mom Holly Hunter is fired from her job at a Chicago museum on the very day she is due to fly back to Baltimore to cope with nutty parents, loony aunt, wacky gay brother and boring sister. That's it -- that's the plot. Read it and weep.

November 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Foster's second directorial effort is a vividly drawn if too episodic portrait of an eccentric family, well acted by the entire cast, especially Holly Hunter and Robery Downey Jr.

October 18, 2008 | Rating: B
Top Critic

A modest film (in every sense) which pushes the gags too hard.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Spirited but uneven.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

Neither caustic nor sentimental, it's a film that maybe half the people on Earth have at one time considered writing.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Foster keeps the party hopping, although more dark humor would have helped before she winds it down with sentiment and bromides.

May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Home for the Holidays


All I can say is, I hope The Beaver is better than this mess.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

A really good holiday movie. It's not corny or childish, actually I was really surprised at how good it was. Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. were both great and the story was well executed and really funny.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Quirky, cute and humorous movie about a seriously disfunctional family. Hunter is in top form here.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

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