Below are a couple movie reviews of A Christmas Story when it was first released in November, 1983. The movie received both positive and negative reviews at its release.

N.Y. Daily News – November 18, 1983

Negative Review by Rex Reed New York Post – November 18, 1983

N.Y. Times – November 18, 1983

Siskel & Ebert – 1983 Review of A Christmas Story

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