The Holdovers

133 mins
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Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne and Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti reunite after 2004's Sideways for this disgruntled teacher dramedy set in the '70s.

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The Holdovers | Ratings & Reviews

Winningly warm

A winningly warm Christmas film disguised as an Oscar-hungry drama, but fully deserving those accolades too. A typically great Paul Giamatti delivers delicious cynicism, matched admirably by loveable breakout star Dominic Sessa. Feeling just like a film from the '70s, the movie ultimately proves that old life lessons need repeating.

Liam Maguren

"A warm hug of a movie."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

"Paul Giamatti and Alexander Payne’s reunion is the best kind of throwback."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"Gives Paul Giamatti his best movie role since Sideways."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"Charming comedy."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"There’s a sharpness to the comedy, some attitude and freshness, some wisdom."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Paul Giamatti and Alexander Payne create another exceptional comedy-drama."

The TimesThe Times

"A clunky, phony white-elephant gift of a movie."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"The warmest cinematic experience you’ll have all year."

New York PostNew York Post

"Not without its flaws, but it is an engaging and often touching comic drama."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"The vibes are immaculate from the start."


"A wonderful revelation from an excellent director."


"[A] consistently smart, funny movie about people who are easy to root for."

"Crushingly wistful in precisely the way moviegoers have come to expect from Payne."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"Paul Giamatti has never been better."


"Delightful, nuanced."


"A warmhearted tale of a holiday forged in loneliness."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"A pitch-perfect dramedy from a master of the form."

The AtlanticThe Atlantic

"Tells a delicate, ruthlessly empathetic story."

Film School RejectsFilm School Rejects

"A charming comedy drama."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Alexander Payne’s best film since Sideways."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"A tremendously poignant story, beautifully presented."

Daily MailDaily Mail

"Paul Giamatti gets one of his best roles."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"Offers laughs and a gentle reminder."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"Thoughtful, rewatchable dramedy."

Chicago ReaderChicago Reader

"Wonderfully warm."

The Globe and MailThe Globe and Mail

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M, Offensive language
Comedy, Drama
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