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The Holiday (2006)



Critic Consensus: While it's certainly sweet and even somewhat touching, The Holiday is so thoroughly predictable that audiences may end up opting for an early check-out time.

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Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man. Iris makes the acquaintance of an upbeat everyman played by Jack Black, while Amanda spends time with a handsome Brit played by Jude Law. Both women must decide what to do with these new relationships as their pre-arranged house switch is scheduled to last less than two weeks. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Kenneth Danziger
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Hope Riley
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Nikki Novak
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Hal Douglas
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Sarah Flind
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Lynden Edwards
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Critic Reviews for The Holiday

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (48)

You begin to suspect that Meyers isn't actually a movie director at all, but a features coordinator at World of Interiors.

April 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The Holiday is as corny as it gets, but in a cinemascape full of macho grunting and aggressive irony, Meyers is perhaps right to believe that corniness is what women - and their boyfriends - will be wanting...

April 2, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes The Holiday interesting - and worth reexamining more than a decade after its release - is that unlike most holiday-themed movies, it exhorts the viewer to take time for themselves, not just others. It's the ultimate self-care flick.

December 27, 2018 | Full Review…

While the director tips her hat to classic Hollywood comedies -- Iris watches Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday for lessons in leading-lady "gumption" -- The Holiday wallows in too much earnest relationship talk, without saying much.

February 3, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A leisurely feelgood rom-com.

December 30, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A lot of ideas are circulating and the characters have taken hold of our emotions. If only Meyers had taken the quickest way there, it would be a much better movie.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Holiday

Cameron Diaz and Jack Black are completely miscast in this interminable movie that only proves (again) what an awful writer and director Nancy Meyers is, incapable of defining the tone of her story and coming up with only lame characters, crappy lines and ludicrous situations.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

As chick flicks go, it's not bad. The leading men are all pretty ugh. I mean seriously, Jack Black looks and behaves like a demented cabbage patch kid all through this. The scene at the video store was cringe able. I have trouble picturing any woman being attracted to those looks and his honestly weird behavior. Ditto sleazy Jude Law whose character turns out to have two kids. Wow what a deal for beautiful, rich Amanda. I did like Kate Winslet's Iris, and the nice story with her and the old man next door. The English town looks beautiful too, and her little cottage. The story gets a bit convenient right at the end and the logistics I can't even imagine, but it's all happy music and fade out by then, so I don't expect we are expected to think how the hell these relationships would ever work out. Nice little story and a few laughs. Cameron Diaz is good also, I miss seeing her in comedies.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A slight different take on how 2 (heart) broke girls try to cope with the situation. Nevertheless, it's a below average romantic drama (not comedy).

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