Special Report

Worst Holiday Movies Ever Made

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

20. Fred Claus (2007)
> Directed by: David Dobkin
> Starring: Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks
> Genre: Comedy, family, fantasy

“Fred Claus” is a would-be comedy focused on family dysfunction that begins with Scrooge-like tendencies only to deteriorate into saccharine-sweet sentimentality. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave “Fred Claus” a 21% freshness rating.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

19. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
> Directed by: Chris Columbus
> Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern
> Genre: Adventure, comedy, family

“Home Alone 2” was the second highest grossing film of 1992. Its plot is a repeat of sorts, with the little hero against the same foes, this time transplanted into the chaos of New York City over the holidays. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a freshness rating of 30%, but audiences diverged with critics a bit, with 61% saying they liked the sequel.

Source: Courtesy of Lionsgate

18. Love the Coopers (2015)
> Directed by: Jessie Nelson
> Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman
> Genre: Comedy, fantasy, romance

“Love the Coopers” may have gotten the right cast with Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and John Goodman among others, but the movie missed the mark with its beat-the-audience-over-the-head approach to family dysfunction over the holidays.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

17. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
> Directed by: Michael Lembeck
> Starring: Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell
> Genre: Adventure, comedy, family

The third installment unsurprisingly made the list of worst holiday movies. It’s best to call it for what it is: a bad Christmas movie that is big on cheap laughs, as Mrs. Claus, who’s about to give birth, sees her parents come to “town” — they think it’s Canada because they don’t know she’s married to Santa.

Source: Courtesy of Dimension Films

16. Reindeer Games (2000)
> Directed by: John Frankenheimer
> Starring: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron
> Genre: Action, adventure, crime

The movie’s convoluted plot involves a man released from prison who is looking to start a new life but is pulled into a scheme to rob a Michigan casino on Christmas Eve. Despite strong cast of Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, and Donal Logue, the movie has just a 25% rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and only a 27% audience score.

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