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Noel (2004)

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7

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 13

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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A group of disparate characters look for understanding and compassion in the midst of a lonely holiday season in this comedy drama. Rose (Susan Sarandon) is a middle-aged divorcée whose mother is in the hospital with an advanced case of Alzheimer's disease; while Rose wants one more chance to tell her mother that she loves her, the woman doesn't even know who she is anymore. Mike (Paul Walker) is a police officer who has become the obsessive focus of an elderly waiter, Artie (Alan Arkin), who is

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Drama

David Hubbard

Oct 25, 2005

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One of those unpleasant fiascoes meant to lodge a lump in the throat at Christmas, but it only ends up making you want to bludgeon the elves with their own toy-shop hammers.

November 18, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.

November 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The kind of sappy, sadness-turns- to-gladness holiday movie that shows up on cable TV this time of year.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Palminteri draws some very good performances from his cast -- only to pile on a lot of shameless heart-tugging on top of a contrived script about five New Yorkers facing Christmas Eve alone.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The mawkishness meter is turned up full blast by the time Williams, wearing the hangdog expression he saves for maudlin dramas, shows up out of nowhere as a former priest to save an unhappy Sarandon from jumping into the East River.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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I can be sentimental under the right circumstances, but the movie is such a calculating tearjerker that it played like a challenge to me.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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I had a very hard time displaying malice to this.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Pleasantly watchable.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A film about folks celebrating Christmas together is about as interesting and carries as much dramatic thrust as the 1989 Christmas reunion video immortalized on Uncle Fred's camcorder.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The sentiments are right on the money, but the execution never quite filled me with holiday cheer.

November 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

There's nothing at all surprising about Noel, except for the fact that it was ever made.

November 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

If you are looking for a Christmas film that is unconventional, that has a lot of heart without wallowing in sentimentality, this is a good bet.

November 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A holiday gift wrapped in sadness -- but tied tenderly with hope.

November 30, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Three tear-jerking stories about faith, love and the redemptive spiritual power of a frosty Christmas Eve

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
Modamag.com

Fits snugly into the 'Christmas movie' canon by tapping into familiar problems, tugging at the heartstrings and stirring your tired soul.

November 23, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Noel delivers two astonishing scenes of love and forgiveness that will take your breath away and are perfectly in tune with the miraculous nature of Christmas.

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

I can think of 59,054,087 people who are intellectually deprived enough to buy into “Noel.”

November 13, 2004 Full Review
Pasadena Weekly

The all-star cast do their best, but the individual stories are so truncated that they can't do much in the way of giving their characters real emotional depth.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Santa discontinued that whole coal-in-the-stocking thing a while back. Now, he brings movies like this one when you're bad.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Noel

Absolute garbage. Personally, when I'm not hating things with a passion, I can see 101 things of beauty in one day. There are beautiful things happening all over the place. Talented story tellers know this and the good ones can express this in the median of their choice. There are many great films that show beauty in the simplest of things, the really clever ones show us beauty where you generally don't expect it. In Noel, Chazz Palminteri (of all people) tries to show beauty in all sorts of nonsensical situations, most of which are ridiculous, unbelievable and down right stupid. He slips up loads of times too, continuity goes right out the window but then that's just me being a moody bum-humbug fool that doesn't believe in fairy-tales. I don't believe in reincarnation, I don't believe in coma-ghosts, I don't believe those with Alzheimer's secretly know exactly what is going on and that they're all just pretending, I don't believe hospitals can keep you against your will, I don't believe Christmas eve lasts 48 hours, I don't believe shops are open until 2am, I don't believe stories of dead babies can be classed as 'Comedy', I don't believe that insulting homosexuals really helps the anti-homophobic message, I don't believe that all poor people live in green apartments, I don't believe Home decorators work late on Christmas eve and are all homosexual, I don't believe anyone is proud with their involvement in this film and I don't believe it was a mistake that Robin William's name was missing from the credits. Oh, and I don't believe in Santa either. Stupid me, what an ass I am.
December 9, 2013
SirPant

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A great Christmas Movie, One for adult as younger children just wouldn't understand. It shows the lives of 5 different people and how in this story they mingle together to form an outstanding story with a tear jerker ending. Rose was great along with the rough and rowdy cop. 5 stars
December 21, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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I never thought I would ever watch a beautifull like Noel Movie DIRECTED BY CHAZZ PALMINTERI!
A Movie focuses five lives with different problems on christmas eve.
December 15, 2009
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

OK, I'm a sucker for this sort of intertwined film where you need watch the whole movie to figure out which boyfriend happens to be the son of the strange bartender, etc. and how everyone survives Christmas Day.
August 8, 2007
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