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This Christmas (2007)

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Critic Consensus: This Christmas features strong performances and a sharp portrayal of family dynamics, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés.

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Upon gathering together under one roof for the first time in seven years, an estranged family celebrating Christmas rediscovers long-forgotten bonds in this holiday family reunion drama starring Delroy Lindo, Regina King, and Mekhi Phifer. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Delroy Lindo
as Joseph 'Joe' Black
Idris Elba
as Quentin Whitfield Jr.
Loretta Devine
as Shirley Ann Whitfield
Chris Brown (II)
as Michael Whitfield
Columbus Short
as LCpl. Claude Whitfield
Regina King
as Lisa Moore
Keith Robinson
as Devean Brooks
Laz Alonso
as Malcome Moore
Sharon Leal
as Kelli Whitfield
Lauren London
as Melanie Whitfield
Ricky Harris
as Cousin Fred
Mark Craig
as Officer No. 1
Aviva June
as Tree Lot Attendant
Shelina Wade
as Jazz Songstress
DeNetria Champ
as Gospel Singer
Mirtha Michelle
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for This Christmas

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (32)

o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel.

December 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you like schmaltzy, music-saturated family movies, This Christmas will set all the right bells jingling.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"Destined to become a Yuletide classic, " claim the press notes. Well, they do say Christmas is a time for dreaming.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A strong wire netting will keep out unwanted super-soaps such as the first, in which a black family in LA proves that being Afro-American is no inoculation against outbreaks of schmaltz and piety.

November 30, 2007 | Full Review…

It's laboured and obvious, and not even a Yuletide movie: Christmas is little more than a device to bring the family back under one roof. Still, its plot is as overstuffed as any turkey.

November 30, 2007 | Full Review…

It's formulaic and corny as hell, but a top-notch cast keep this festive family drama believable - just.

November 30, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for This Christmas

It was okay for a Christmas movie. Gets a bit sentimental at the end, but I think that's true of most for this genre. On the whole I enjoyed it and it was nice to see a Christmas movie focusing on an African American family. The one thing that really bothered me and is the reason i took a half star off my rating, is because of the baby oil beating scene. Yes, I got that the husband was a liar and sleaze and had been treating his wife like crap for years, but that was really pretty bad. If it had have been the husband doing that to the wife, I don't think it would have been portrayed in a humorous light. Beating is still beating, it is wrong whoever does it. Anyhow, that small issue aside, this was an enjoyable movie, good to watch at Christmas time. Likeable cast and some laughs and dysfunction mixed in with the cheese.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Too much Family Drama Movie for me.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Just to watch when you got nothing to do else, it was an ok movie nothing big. A Christmas time drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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