Siskel and Ebert’s review of “A Christmas Story” from 1983.

This is one of those annual holiday classics that, surprisingly enough, I’ve never seen the entirety of in one sitting. Considering how often A Christmas Story runs during the holiday—Channel TBS runs a 24 hour marathon of the movie starting Christmas Eve through Christmas Day—it’s entirely possible I’ve seen the entire thing in bits and pieces here and there, but I’ve never sat down and watched it all the way through. Considering its popularity today it’s interesting to look back at how the movie was received when it was released in 1983. Which also reminds me of just how damned old I am as that was a year and a half before I’d graduate from high school.

Here’s the review Siskel and Ebert gave the movie thanks to the wonder that is YouTube:

As it turns out, the movie didn’t smash any records when it was released a week before Thanksgiving that year. By the time Christmas rolled around it was gone from most theaters with only a hundred or so still showing the film by January 1984. It grossed a modest $19.2 million which would be roughly $37.8 million today which isn’t bad considering it only cost about $4 million to make or about $7.8 million in today’s dollars. Still, hardly a blockbuster. Who knows how much money its made since then as its popularity grew through repeated TV airings over the years?

Maybe one of these days I’ll sit down and watch the whole thing in one go.

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