Four Christmases a Big Turkey
Holiday comedy saps critics of their Christmas cheer
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2008 9:46 AM CST

(Newser) – Holiday comedy Four Christmases had some critics chuckling but left most moaning ho-ho-no. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon star as a couple forced by circumstance to visit the dysfunctional families of their divorced parents, but the "predictable and dyspeptic story" lacks the bite of misanthropic holiday classics like Bad Santa, Claudia Puig writes in USA Today.

There are a few laughs among the largely joyless "slapstick fights, pratfalls and regurgitation" Kirk Honeycutt writes at the Hollywood Reporter, but the big-name supporting cast is largely wasted. Few surprises arise on the inevitable journey to a schmaltzy conclusion, writes Sean Axmaker at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who labels Four Christmases the "coal in the stocking of holiday movies."