Miracle on 34th Street (1994)


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The 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street is transplanted to the 1990s with few changes in this family-oriented remake. The screenplay by the prolific John Hughes sticks close to the original outline, centering on Macy's executive Dorey Walker (Elizabeth Perkins) and her young daughter Susan (Mara Wilson), neither of whom much believes in the spirit of Christmas. Dorey is in charge of hiring Macy's Santas, including an old man named Kriss Kringle (Richard Attenborough). He does a … More

Rating: PG (Rated PG for some mild language.)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Valentine Davies, George Seaton, John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox


as Susan

as Kriss Kringle

as Judge Harper

as Collins

as Alberta

as Shellhammer

as C.F. Cole

as Victor Landbergh

as Tony Falacchi

as Orderly

as Mrs. Collins

as Court Clerk

as Businessman

as Little Girl

as Band Director

as News Anchor

as News Anchor

as News Anchor

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Myrna Foy

as The Doorman

as The Woman

as Cmdr. Coulson

as Dr. Hunter
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Critic Reviews for Miracle on 34th Street

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If this doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, may all of your presents be fruitcakes. (published 12-2-94)

Full Review… | January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

The best version.

January 5, 2004

While [this] version of the Christmas spirit on trial as written by John Hughes isn't awful, it's also more disappointing than Seaton's take nearly half a century earlier.

Full Review… | December 12, 2003

Audience Reviews for Miracle on 34th Street

One of the worst (and pointless) remakes ever made. The first film is perfect. It didn't need to be updated, it was in fact ahead of its time in many respects. In the remake, they decide to show you all those things that they decided, quite wisely, not to show. They then threw in some cheap slap-stick, rushed out an awful script, added one of the worst endings to a film in the history of cinema and made loads of money doing it because that's what seems to work these days because kids are too ignorant to watch old films because they're in Black and White and require a couple of brain cells. Mara Wilson wasn't the brilliant little actress everyone thought she was (where is she now?) and as much as I love him Richard Attenborough wasn't that great either. He doesn't come close to being as lovable and more importantly believable as Edmund Gwenn. The early 90's really were a blight on cinema, I could count the great films on one hand.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

"Miracle on 34th Street" has one of the greatest christmas tales of all time at it's fingertips, and it dazzles with humour, sadness, and too many heartfelt moments to count. This film knows what it is trying to be, and therefore, it is one of my favourite christmas films of all time. As one girl is told that santa clause does not exist, she comes into contact with a white bearded man who claims to be the real thing. When he convinces her, she asks him for a new house, a dad, and a baby brother. If she doesn't receive this, then santa clause will not be real to her. There is so much christmas spirit in this film, and every touching moment will bring a tear to your eye. The conclusion will have even adults believing in christmas again. If you have not seen this amazing holiday film, I suggest it be the next one you watch. "Miracle on 34th Street" is a miracle on it's own!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Uplifting and sweet but verging on twee throughout. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

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