When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.









Film information

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Release date: Nov 15, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for language, sexual content and brief nudity
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Runtime: 123 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    Arizona Republic - by Randy Cordova
    One reason the movie works so well: Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee returns from the original, so the characters feel true to the first film. Secondly, most of the cast is back, and they have the kind of comfortable chemistry you can’t fake. It’s easy to believe these people have a history together. ...

  • 80
    Village Voice - by Stephanie Zacharek
    Lee seems less interested in capturing how people of color talk than in capturing how people talk. He coaxes us to step in and listen, and the very casualness of his invitation is the key to the joyousness of The Best Man Holiday, flaws be damned. more

  • 75
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Kevin C. Johnson
    A full plate of tear-jerking drama is served here. And it’s even tastier than the first time around. more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    There’s something pretty special about this cast, all of whom turn in excellent performances while alternating between light comedy and some seriously heavy dramatic lifting. more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    The Best Man Holiday is an inelegant movie, but its cast is so damn likable that we’re still willing to follow them — even when they’re not going anywhere. more

  • 69 - by Kate Erbland
    The Best Man Holiday goes whole hog on the holiday cheese, and there’s something admirable about an adult feature that doesn’t balk at real feelings, especially around the holidays (sex montages notwithstanding). more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    While The Best Man Holiday doesn’t have anything especially original to say on the subject, it’s still refreshing to see a reunion movie set aside the usual themes of aging and reconciliation to focus on how a group deals with death. ...

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    The Best Man Holiday is an eggnog that's sticky-sweet and heavy at the same time. more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    After starting out as a character-based ensemble piece, The Best Man Holiday turns into a predictable affair determined to hit as many familiar beats as possible while striving to wring tears and cheers in equal quantities from its audience. more

  • 63
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    You don’t go to The Best Man Holiday to deconstruct its flaws. You go for its myriad, adamantly un-cerebral pleasures. more

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Peter Keough
    All in all, maybe the best 90 minutes of romantic comedy in theaters this fall. Unfortunately, the film is 122 minutes long. more

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    An amusing, well-acted and sharply-timed holiday comedy, old friends getting together to prove that careers, families and kids aside, they’ve still got their R-rated edge, just as they did in college. more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    A joyous, raucous, righteous film but also a frustrating and disappointing one. more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    The movie ends with a setup for another sequel, which will undoubtedly be embraced by fans. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait another 14 years to see it. more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Stephen Farber
    All of the cast members deliver smooth, capable performances, but this sequel clarifies why Howard has become the biggest star from the original ensemble. (He also gave one of the strongest performances in Lee Daniels’ The Butler this past summer.) more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Katey Rich
    The Best Man Holiday takes advantage of the actors' pre-existing chemistry to add zing to standard tropes of midlife crisis and melodrama. more

  • 58
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    It might be overlong, overstuffed, and occasionally operatic, but that doesn't mean that it can wring the tears out of you. more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Geoff Pevere
    Traditionally, Christmas movies are about the power of the holiday spirit to conquer all in the name of seasonal detente, and The Best Man Holiday, although sprinkled with bad behaviour and salty bon mots, is traditional right to the twinkly-tipped top of the tree. more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    A likable cast and interior-­décor porn worthy of Martha Stewart Living are the highlights of The Best Man Holiday, but the mix of raunchy sex comedy and Christian faith doesn’t quite come off. more

  • 50
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Only a few charming tidbits are nestled snugly in this over-stuffed Christmas stocking. more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    It's not all bad. It's just part bad: It suffers from cliches and corniness, from the same kinds of scenes played over and over, and from more false endings than the last "Lord of the Rings" movie. more

  • 50
    Variety - by Andrew Barker
    The cluttered, overlong narrative never really finds its footing. more

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    To be fair, in its best moments, The Best Man Holiday is more enjoyable than even a well-wrapped steam iron, functioning as it does as passable light entertainment -- but only just. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    There’s much heart and humor in “The Best Man Holiday” but also jolts from laughter to tears in the blink of a false eyelash.