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Christmas in the Clouds (2001)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 3

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Ray (Tim Vahle) has just returned from college to run a Native-American ski lodge. A laid-back place where employees' children play in the lobby and the handyman has a habit of macking on guests, the lodge isn't exactly four-star travel guide material. So when Ray learns that a travel guide representative is coming to make an inspection, he makes an executive decision to make the lodge a professional place of business. In addition to keeping his father, who happens to be the hotel's former


Kids & Family, Romance, Comedy

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Nov 7, 2006

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The path of true love may not be smooth but it is predictable in Christmas in the Clouds, a wisp of a movie set in a Utah ski resort run by a Native American tribe.

February 16, 2006
New York Times
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Kate Montgomery's agreeably schmaltzy rom-com tempers its near terminal folksiness with stereotype-tweaking irony.

February 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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While you may have seen the story before, the offbeat characters and the movie location make you feel like you're treading new ground.

February 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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While Vahle and Tosca are the most attractive people onscreen, they are the least interesting characters.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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A spin on familiar material, it's aimed at those who like their movies on the warm side.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Not quite laugh-out-loud funny, but pleasant.

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The plot is just too pedestrian, the writing just too limp, and most of the characters just too boring for this to be anything more than a modestly entertaining diversion.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

It's hard not to hope things work out for everyone, even though you know perfectly they will.

February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There are few highs and lows. And after a while all this middle-of-the road blandness wears out its welcome.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

While it's understandable some might appreciate Christmas in the Clouds merely for what it attempts to be, it's inexplicable to extol the film on that basis alone.

December 23, 2005 Full Review Source:

... a welcome alternative to big studio family films filled with squealing kids, body functions and pratfalls.

December 14, 2005 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sweet, charming, romantic, and likeable.

December 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

Amiable and frivolous, Christmas in the Clouds works mostly because of an appealing cast and an attractive setting.

December 10, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A good-natured indie that's been kicking around the festival circuit since 2001, and is finally getting a much-deserved distribution.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Christmas in the Clouds won't knock your socks off, but it's so old-fashioned and low-key that it sticks out from the holiday movie pack.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This is a Hallmark movie with high production values -- and so what? It's gently funny and genuinely good-hearted.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This all-too-predictable comedy-drama of misunderstandings, which was featured in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and has been in limbo up until now, is not much different from a typical television movie made for the Lifetime cable channel.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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