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Noel Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I had a very hard time displaying malice to this.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Pleasantly watchable.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 20, 2005
The sentiments are right on the money, but the execution never quite filled me with holiday cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 19, 2005
There's nothing at all surprising about Noel, except for the fact that it was ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 16, 2005
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 | Original Score: B
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 30, 2004
A holiday gift wrapped in sadness -- but tied tenderly with hope.
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
November 24, 2004
Three tear-jerking stories about faith, love and the redemptive spiritual power of a frosty Christmas Eve
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
November 23, 2004
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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 18, 2004
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 16, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 15, 2004
The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 13, 2004
I can think of 59,054,087 people who are intellectually deprived enough to buy into “Noel.”
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 12, 2004
The kind of sappy, sadness-turns- to-gladness holiday movie that shows up on cable TV this time of year.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Los Angeles Times
November 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
November 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: D
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
November 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 12, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 12, 2004
Except for die-hard students of extremely bad movies, Noel isn't worth seeing.
| Original Score: 0/4
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