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Synopsis

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at an elite New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) -- and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph).

Cast

  • Paul Giamatti
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph
  • Dominic Sessa
  • Carrie Preston
  • Brady Hepner
  • Ian Dolley
  • Jim Kaplan
  • Michael Provost
  • Andrew Garman
  • Naheem Garcia

Atom User Reviews

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Finally, a movie that is thoughtful and deeply moving. The clever writing is the BEST and delivered in stunning and poignant performances by this talented cast. You will be drawn in and touched by The Holdovers.

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Yvette A
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Paul Giamatti at his best role yet since Saving Private Ryan. Never knew a kind side can be played by such an actor. The story is very heartfelt and warming. Dominic Sessa does a wonderful job of giving you a feeling of being left alone but trying his best to make the most of it. Da Vine Joy, perfect school lunch aid you could wish for growing up. Story intertwines well to the title. A must-see and must-have for the holidays. A new Home Alone has arrived, but Rated R.

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Sunny S

Metacritic

80
Nov 8, 2023

The Holdovers is a triumphant comeback story for Alexander Payne, too. The director bounces back from 2017’s misfiring Downsizing to find his tone – a rare kind of jaded hopefulness – with all his old assurance.

Phil de Semlyen
Time Out
88
Oct 27, 2023

Paul Giamatti is absolute perfection as a Grinchy teacher who learns a hard lesson in empathy over a winter school break. All the actors shine in this exuberant movie gift from director Alexander Payne that has all the makings of a new holiday classic.

Peter Travers
ABC News
80
Sep 11, 2023

There’s an emotional restraint in both the performances and the film surrounding them, despite the time of the year, and when a light sprinkling of sugar does come in the last act it feels earned.

Metacritic review by Benjamin Lee
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian