Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Best Man Holiday is Warm and Well-Acted

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by | November 14, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got just one wide release: The Best Man Holiday, starring Taye Diggs and Nia Long in a comedy about a reunion of a bunch of old friends. What do the critics have to say?

The Best Man Holiday


Sometimes it feels good to see familiar faces from the past, even if you don’t have anything new to talk about. Critics say that’s essentially the case with The Best Man Holiday, a predictable comedy that benefits immeasurably from its outstanding ensemble cast and an overall sense of goodwill. Holiday reunites the stars from 1999’s The Best Man (Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, and more) for a yuletide get-together during which once-supressed passions are reignited and long-simmering grievances bubble over. The pundits say that while much of The Best Man Holiday is syrupy and conventional, the end result is likeable and satisfying, thanks to warm-hearted performances and a few big laughs. (Watch our video interviews with the stars and director Malcolm D. Lee, and click through our gallery of long-awaited sequels.)

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