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My life at the movies.

8-Bit Christmas

2021 | United States | 97 min | More...
A still from 8-Bit Christmas (2021)
  • Watched on D-: 2 stars (out of 5)
    on Sat Nov 27, 2021 via HBO Max

    A tepid Christmas Story update. Devoid of authenticity and drowning in manufactured nostalgia. One could explain away the timidity and anachronisms by pointing out that Neil Patrick Harris is relating the story to his tween daughter. Fair enough, but the films it emulates had more heart and courage. Worst of all, the finale’s attempt at a John Hughes-like catharsis feels so heavy-handed it could almost be parody.