White Christmas Reviews

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph
December 22, 2014
A good musical with a lot of star power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 18, 2014
Something of a forced march, but worth seeing for its old-school studio vibrancy and for Curtiz's ability to compose for depth as well as breadth within the widescreen frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
December 12, 2014
Kaye is superb, especially in his knockout dance routine with Vera-Ellen, and the direction from veteran Michael Curtiz rightly embraces the sentiment rather than keeping it at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Cochrane
Empire Magazine
December 4, 2012
Great songs, gentle humour and a dose of syrup which is not to everyone's tastes, but worth buying to keep that Christmas spirit going until next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Musical-comedy classic reprises Irving Berlin hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 3, 2010
...not a great musical, just a pleasant little piece of fluff trying to capitalize on past accomplishments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 12, 2008
Paramount's first film in (lavender-hued) VistaVision was this pornographically soppy but, nonetheless, hearty and humorous 1954 festive romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
December 12, 2008
White Christmas is the cinema equivalent of an inappropriate festive snog under the mistletoe -- you know you probably shouldn't enjoy it but you just can't help yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 12, 2008
It's a nice, if undemanding, Yuletide treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Total Film
December 12, 2008
This was the Mamma Mia! of its day, a nostalgic blast of popular Irving Berlin showtunes gift-wrapped in new-fangled VistaVision that danced its way to the top of the 1954 box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 12, 2008
A new score by Irving Berlin also contributed to its marzipan popularity. But it's the title song that really produced lasting gold. That and the fake snow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
December 11, 2008
How many festive shopping experiences have been ruined by the sound of Bing Crosby gargling out White Christmas over department store tannoys worldwide?
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10

Film4
November 27, 2007
With a cast like this, the ensuing light-hearted mayhem and Irving Berlin's title song, there is not much cause to complain if you're looking for nothing more than mild diversion.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 27, 2007
Though it's not as satisfying as it might have been, it still boasts great stars and catchy songs in addition to a love story, and is a perennial holiday favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 27, 2007
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, along with VistaVision, keep the enteratinment going in this fancifully staged production, clicking well.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
The whole thing is rather forced and antiseptically cheerful.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 25, 2006
Hardly put me in a Merry Christmas mood.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Director Michael Curtiz has made his picture look good. It is too bad that it doesn't hit the eardrums and the funnybone with equal force.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 15, 2004
This slightly racy studio musical from 1954 isn't the holiday classic you might think
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Love, music, and gorgeous Technicolor mesh nicely. It snows on cue every time you see it.
| Original Score: A-
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