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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 12, 2004
Despite the impressive cast, acting quality isn't especially high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 12, 2004
Like way too many holiday films, it is shameless in its desperate grab at the heartstrings. What it latches onto firmly instead is the gag reflex, making you long for a dose of Maalox or at least another viewing of Bad Santa.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
November 12, 2004
Desperate for warm and fuzzy holiday feelings, Noel is depressing and bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 12, 2004
[A] swirl of contrived Christmas Eve 'magic' that's forced and mostly phony and never quite hits the right notes...
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
November 11, 2004
Sentimental and sappy enough to keep a maple syrup factory busy all year long, but isn't that the point of Christmas movies anyway?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
November 11, 2004
Utterly devoid of genuine emotion or warmth, Noel, which marks the directorial debut of actor Chazz Palminteri, is too sappy for words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
November 11, 2004
Though clearly meant as a heartwarmer in the long-standing holiday tradition, Chazz Palminteri's film comes off as strange and sour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
November 11, 2004
Boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 11, 2004
Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
November 11, 2004
A handful of competent performances can't keep Noel from pulling its audience through a bleak, cheerless hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
November 9, 2004
Most of the redemptive notes ring false, as does the mythical Manhattan, where the snow is just too clean and everybody lives around the corner.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2004
Noel manages to get considerable mileage out of a series of unpredictable and nutty spiritual flights of fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2004
Hubbard's script is so steeped in sludgy sentimentality that the film's early hints of quirkiness quickly give way to heavy-handed faith healing.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 6, 2004
[Director Chazz] Palminteri seems to have accepted the heavy-handed nature of the screenplay and embraced it whole-heartedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Boston Globe
December 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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February 9, 2006

BBC.com
December 6, 2005
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
December 19, 2004
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2004
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