• PG, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Chazz Palminteri
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 25, 2005
  • Convex Group
  • Noel
    2 minutes 30 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Noel Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I had a very hard time displaying malice to this.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Pleasantly watchable.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2006
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2005
Christopher Null

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 19, 2005
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 16, 2005
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 30, 2004
Susan Granger

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

November 24, 2004
Todd Gilchrist

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

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November 23, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

November 18, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

November 15, 2004
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

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

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November 13, 2004
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The kind of sappy, sadness-turns- to-gladness holiday movie that shows up on cable TV this time of year.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

November 12, 2004
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 12, 2004

Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 12, 2004

E! Online

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

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: D

November 12, 2004
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 12, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Except for die-hard students of extremely bad movies, Noel isn't worth seeing.

| Original Score: 0/4

November 12, 2004
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