Holiday Movie Scorecard 2017

It’s that time of year for the movies: life-affirming (or shattering) dramas, awards hopefuls, holiday comedies, and maybe even a blockbuster or two — assuming they avoided behind-the-camera scandal to actually get released to the public. The movies that break the waves and breach the shores of popular culture get ranked on our Holiday Movie Scorecard (each one needs to hit 600+ theater count and/or 80+ reviews), so check back every Monday to see the latest!


Daddy's Home 2 (2017)

Adjusted Score: 19.985%
Critics Consensus: A formulaic comedy that's unlikely to spread much yuletide merriment, Daddy's Home 2 can only muster a few stray yuks from its talented cast.
Synopsis: Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound... [More]
Directed By: Sean Anders

Adjusted Score: 31.676%
Critics Consensus: Featuring twice the moms but roughly half the laughs, A Bad Moms Christmas is a slapdash holiday sequel that falls short of the original with a disappointing dearth of good cheer.
Synopsis: A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of... [More]
Directed By: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore


Justice League (2017)

Adjusted Score: 50.237%
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder


LBJ (2017)

Adjusted Score: 56.432%
Critics Consensus: LBJ loses sight of its complicated subject, ignoring the more intriguing aspects of his personality and career in favor of a frustratingly ordinary biopic treatment.
Synopsis: After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

Adjusted Score: 66.75%
Critics Consensus: Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.
Synopsis: What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and... [More]
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh


The Star (2017)

Adjusted Score: 59.393%
Critics Consensus: The Star may not leave audiences singing "Hallelujah," but its offbeat yet sincere approach to the nativity story makes for acceptably diverting holiday viewing.
Synopsis: In Sony Pictures Animation's THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily... [More]
Directed By: Timothy Reckart


Last Flag Flying (2017)

Adjusted Score: 80.024%
Critics Consensus: Last Flag Flying balances raw drama against refreshing moments of humor in an impeccably cast film that wrestles with questions of patriotism, family, and grief.
Synopsis: In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard "Doc" Shepherd (Steve... [More]
Directed By: Richard Linklater


Wonder (2017)

Adjusted Score: 87.88%
Critics Consensus: Wonder doesn't shy away from its bestselling source material's sentiment, but this well-acted and overall winsome drama earns its tugs at the heartstrings.
Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chbosky


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Adjusted Score: 105.824%
Critics Consensus: Exciting, funny, and above all fun, Thor: Ragnarok is a colorful cosmic adventure that sets a new standard for its franchise -- and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Synopsis: In Marvel Studios' "Thor: Ragnarok," Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and... [More]
Directed By: Taika Waititi

Adjusted Score: 99.765%
Critics Consensus: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri deftly balances black comedy against searing drama -- and draws unforgettable performances from its veteran cast along the way.
Synopsis: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months... [More]
Directed By: Martin McDonagh


Lady Bird (2017)

Adjusted Score: 106.362%
Critics Consensus: Lady Bird delivers fresh insights about the turmoil of adolescence -- and reveals writer-director Greta Gerwig as a fully formed filmmaking talent.
Synopsis: In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both... [More]
Directed By: Greta Gerwig

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