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Jack Frost (1998)

tomatometer

20

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 45

Sentimental schmaltz and uninspired storytelling sink this film.

27

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 11

Sentimental schmaltz and uninspired storytelling sink this film.

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40

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 64,272

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Jack Frost is the tale of a man who's trying to be a father, a husband, a breadwinner, and he's trying to do what he loves to do. Ultimately he realizes that if you don't pay attention to the people dearest in your life -- your family -- you could lose it all. Jack, an often-traveling blues musician, has spent little time with his son- then dies in a car accident and then realizes his mortal life mistake of not being there for his son. Then Jack "came to life one day" as a snowman to repair his

Nov 2, 1999

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Jack Frost is so treacly and fake it makes you feel like you're trapped in a winter-wonderland paperweight.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Let it melt!

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Now we have proof: It's possible for the Jim Henson folks and Industrial Light and Magic to put their heads together and come up with the most repulsive single creature in the history of special effects!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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The snowman, which is the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, is the most glaring problem. It looks about as real as a man in a costume, and it's tough to suspend disbelief when you're trying to locate the zipper.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Its heart is in the right place.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Its sentiment is rote, its truths are culled from a trip down the aisles of a greeting-card shop.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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It took a lot to be the worst reincarnation fantasy titled Jack Frost from the second half of the 1990s, but by golly, they found a way.

July 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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It's a modern fairytale, complete with a magic harmonica that brings the snowman to life and a picture-postcard setting, featuring row upon row of twinkling Christmas lights and endless snowy vistas.

June 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Every year the DVD will [be] displayed as though it's worthy of renting. But it's out because it takes place around the holidays, not because it belongs to be there.

December 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Jack Frost doesn't have much for adults, but at least you can rest your feet while your kid enjoys a light romp through a snowy fantasy.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A movie like this is supposed to make you laugh and make you cry, but Jack Frost just leaves you cold.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Though Charlie's snowball-fight rival suggests that "a snow dad is better than no dad," a therapist might differ.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It will no doubt appeal to eight-year-olds, but anyone older than that can pretty much be prepared to get to know their watchface very well.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

This is a watchable, if by-the-book little movie.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

There is little sign of his acerbic wit here.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film is boring with a bad plot and so-so acting.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

Preachy.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For a movie that should mainly appeal to the 5-to-9 set, Jack Frost often aspires to odd glimmers of adulthood, or at least, teenhood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Jack Frost is about as warm and inviting as a snowball in Iceland.

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Norman Transcript

Artificial and homogenized!

January 1, 2000 Full Review
Sacramento News & Review

A project with a good idea but nothing more!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Jack Frost

Jack Frost: Why me... why a snowman? I mean, could the universe really be that unoriginal?

"He's the worlds coolest dad and he's gonna prove it."

Okay so Jack Frost is a sentimental movie that tugs on the heartstrings too much and tries to create emotional tearjerking moments too often. Still, I'll always have an appreciation for the movie, as it was a big part of my childhood. I loved this movie as a kid. Now, I see it for what it is; a movie that appeals to kids and nothing more. Still it has a nostalgia value with me that doesn't go away. I thought I'd watch it again now, at an older age because the movie so heavily criticized and I wanted to see why. I ended up enjoying the film for the most part even now. Sure it's overly sentimental, but it's a fucking kids movie. So fucking what a kids talking and hanging out with a snowman. I hear all these words to describe it, like creepy and weird. Nobody complains about Frosty the fucking snowman. This is a live action fairy tale, so it is what it is.

Jack Frost is a busy man. He's the front man for a blues band that is about to get signed and hit the big time. He also has a wife, Gabby, and a son, Charlie. Charlie is constantly being disappointed by his father. Jack doesn't show up for his hockey games because he's in the studio and when Jack promises to go away to a cabin for Christmas, Charlie is excited. A call from an agent telling Jack, the band is going to be signed puts a damper on this though. He has to go play for the label on Christmas. Halfway there he decides his family is more important and turns around. He crashes and dies and a year later, when Charlie plays his dads harmonica after making a snowman; Jack is resurrected in the form of that snowman.

While Jack Frost is nowhere near being considered a good movie, it's one that I enjoy even while I cringe at some of the more over the top sentimental and emotional moments.  There's much worse Christmas movies out there. It's a good movie for the kids, but adults who didn't watch it as a kid will more then likely hate it. The reviews speak for themselves.
December 12, 2013
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Melvin White

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I loved Jack Frost as a kid. Now I just see it as satisfactory childrens christmas entertainment. Although uninspired it did however bring a smile to my face despite there being other, better christmas films.
January 30, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The 1998 version of JACK FROST is full of bad acting and is a waste of your precious Christmas moments.
August 18, 2011
spielberg00

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Too sentimental and bad writing. Rotten.
June 25, 2011
Lucas Martins

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    1. Jack Frost: Why me... why a SNOWMAN? I mean, could the universe really be that unoriginal?
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