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Joyeux NoŽl (Merry Christmas) Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

It is strongly and competently told, and the poignancy of warriors stricken by the sound of Stille Nacht floating across the trenches still has the power to move.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2013
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Insipid manipulation masquerading as (and giving a bad name to) humanism

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix

Despite maudlin moments, however, it musters its fair share of irony. The film may be a Euro pudding, but it's tastier than most.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009

A heartfelt story of men who managed to find camaraderie and humanity in the face of the torrent of bellicose rhetoric coming from their respective authorities...

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

December 11, 2008
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

Joyeux Noel is shot beautifully and stories intertwine seamlessly.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 20, 2008
Brian Holcomb
PopMatters

Nominated for the 2005 Best Foreign Film Academy Award, "Noel" is the kind of sentimental tripe the Academy loves to honor in order to justify their own sentimental tripe.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

August 7, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Some might castigate its unabashed sentimentality, but I found myself moved, especially when I recalled that this was supposedly the war to end all wars.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 27, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

A surprisingly homogenous, organic and satisfying broad-canvas burst of ambitious, engaging cinema.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Saber que o espetacular incidente relatado pelo longa realmente aconteceu ť algo que, confesso, me reconforta imensamente.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 30, 2006
Mark Moring
Christianity Today

This true story seems like it can only be explained as 'a God thing,' and indeed, how else could something so extraordinary take place without divine intervention?

Full Review Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 25, 2006
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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It's a respectful, sobering tribute to the flickering of humanitarian spirit amid the darkest days of conflict and, as such, surely a Christmas film for the ages.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 3, 2006
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

[Carion] settles for making a tear-jerker, when it could have been -- and deserves to be -- so much more.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

July 1, 2006
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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Well-photographed and acted, Joyeux NoŽl suffers most from the inevitable comparison with its betters, such films as Paths of Glory or All Quiet on the Western Front.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 22, 2006
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Offers enough of a sense of the strange stillness and fleeting promise that hovered over the early days of a bitter, cancerous war for just one evening to move even the most sentiment-hardened viewer.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

June 8, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The story speaks to universal human emotions that transcend country and culture.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a dull and pretty play, oiled by syrup and lighted by golden candles.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 79/100

May 19, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Carion's faith in his fellow man -- and you sense that wherever they are in the world, they're his fellow man -- is a touching dose of Christmas cheer that's unexpectedly welcome in mid-May.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[D]ramatizes this bizarre moment in time with a straightforward aplomb that is devastating, that makes you wish you could laugh at the insanity and pointlessness of it but refuses all emotional response except overwhelming rage and grief.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 4, 2006
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Writer-director Christian Carion doesn't achieve the depth of poignancy he may have aspired to, but his elegantly simple storytelling does illustrate the futility of the war that was supposed to end all wars.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 7/10

April 29, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a marvelously entertaining history lesson -- glossy, emotional and touching.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

April 21, 2006
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