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Holiday Movie Scorecard 2016

A woolly and unpredictable year approaches the finish line as studios trot out prestige work they’ve all had waiting in the wings: life-affirming (or shattering) dramas, awards hopefuls, holiday comedies, and maybe even a blockbuster or two to warm the soul like so much CGI eggnog. During this time, each movie released reaching a 600+ theater count and/or 80+ reviews gets ranked in our Holiday Movie Scorecard, so check back every Monday to see where your favorites place!

#38

Shut In (2016)
4%

#38
Adjusted Score: 5297%
Critics Consensus: Fatally undermined by a clichéd, confused plot and a total absence of thrills, Shut In wastes its talented cast -- and viewers' time.
Synopsis: Mary Portman (Naomi Watts) is a widowed child psychologist who lives in isolation in rural Maine. The horrific car accident... [More]
Directed By: Farren Blackburn

#37
#37
Adjusted Score: 21493%
Critics Consensus: Well-meaning but fundamentally flawed, Collateral Beauty aims for uplift but collapses in unintentional hilarity.
Synopsis: When a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned... [More]
Directed By: David Frankel

#36

Incarnate (2016)
17%

#36
Adjusted Score: 17786%
Critics Consensus: Incarnate can't be accused of lack of ideas -- if only any of them made sense or coalesced in any meaningful or scary way.
Synopsis: After a single mother witnesses terrifying symptoms of demonic possession in her 11-year-old son (David Mazouz), a Vatican representative calls... [More]
Directed By: Brad Peyton

#35

Assassin's Creed (2016)
18%

#35
Adjusted Score: 28636%
Critics Consensus: Assassin's Creed is arguably better made (and certainly better cast) than most video game adaptations; unfortunately, the CGI-fueled end result still is still a joylessly overplotted slog.
Synopsis: Cal Lynch travels back in time to 15th-century Spain through a revolutionary technology that unlocks the genetic memories contained in... [More]
Directed By: Justin Kurzel

#34

Believe (2016)
33%

#34
Adjusted Score: 10105%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: During tough economic times, small-town business owner Matthew Peyton (Ryan O'Quinn) struggles with his desire for financial success and the... [More]
Directed By: Billy Dickson

#33

Bad Santa 2 (2016)
23%

#33
Adjusted Score: 28890%
Critics Consensus: Loaded up with the same scatological and misanthropic humor as its predecessor but precious little of its heart or genuine wit, Bad Santa 2 presents a foulmouthed shadow of Christmas past.
Synopsis: Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus,... [More]
Directed By: Mark Waters

#32

Passengers (2016)
30%

#32
Adjusted Score: 43698%
Critics Consensus: Passengers proves Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence work well together -- and that even their chemistry isn't enough to overcome a fatally flawed story.
Synopsis: On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years... [More]
Directed By: Morten Tyldum

#31

Why Him? (2016)
39%

#31
Adjusted Score: 45911%
Critics Consensus: Solidly cast but overall misconceived, Why Him? offers the odd chuckle, but ultimately adds disappointingly little to its tired father-vs.-fiancé formula.
Synopsis: During the holidays, loving but overprotective Ned (Bryan Cranston) travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at... [More]
Directed By: John Hamburg

#30
#30
Adjusted Score: 48493%
Critics Consensus: Its cast of gifted comics is good for a handful of laughs, but Office Christmas Party's overstuffed plot ultimately proves roughly as disappointing as its clichéd gags and forced sentimentality.
Synopsis: When the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's (T.J. Miller) branch, he and his chief technical officer... [More]
Directed By: Josh Gordon, Will Speck

#29
Adjusted Score: 51268%
Critics Consensus: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has noble goals, but lacks a strong enough screenplay to achieve them -- and its visual innovations are often merely distracting.
Synopsis: Nineteen-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn), along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

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