"[O]ne of the true highlights of the year."
— Jordan Hoffman, The Messenger
"It’s the warmest cinematic experience you’ll have all year."
— Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post
"The Holdovers is a terrific Payne film, bursting with sharp laughs and searing sweetness."
"The Holdovers is a warm hug of a movie and the closest thing we've had to a new holiday classic in quite some time."
— Maureen Lee Lenker, Entertainment Weekly
"Funny and rueful, The Holdovers seems beamed in from another time in cinema history, when wordy and thoughtful little movies like this were in healthier supply."
— Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
"Its sentimentality expertly balanced by its humor, The Holdovers is a story about the lies we tell ourselves (for good and ill) and the reality of our not-so-dissimilar human conditions."
— Nick Schager, The Daily Beast
"The vibes are immaculate from the start and only grow more so as the characters gradually start to become as detailed as the world that The Holdovers constructs around them."
— David Ehrlich, indieWire
"The Holdovers is ultimately a story about the absence of family, and as it watches three individuals come together and apart, it’s subtly attuned to the way that class constricts people’s lives."
— Mark Hanson, Slant Magazine
"Their misery is our gain as filmmaker Alexander Payne reunites with his Sideways star Giamatti for another comedy of thwarted lives that perfectly evokes the 1970s in look, sound and cinematic satisfaction; there’s a fully developed story told here"
— Peter Howell, Toronto Star