A Christmas Story 1983

Critics score:
89 / 100

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Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: [A] richly remembered tale of Christmas past. Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: There are a number of small, unexpectedly funny moments in A Christmas Story, but you have to possess the stamina of a pearl diver to find them. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Shepherd provides the voice-over of the grown hero narrating, and his prominence on the sound track forces Clark to focus on visual humor, resulting in some wild Our Gang-style slapstick. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: There is a real knowledge of human nature beneath the comedy. Read more

Don Peretta, Time Out: Delightfully entertaining, with a wryly amusing narration to keep the adults in the audience smirking. Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post: It's a nostalgic comedy featuring a family of eccentrics who lovingly celebrate the holidays and life itself in Midwestern America in the 1940s. Read more