Noel Reviews

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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
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 15, 2004
The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.
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
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
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...
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
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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
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 13, 2004
I can think of 59,054,087 people who are intellectually deprived enough to buy into “Noel.”
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
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
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
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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.
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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.
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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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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
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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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
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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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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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2004
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
December 19, 2004
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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AV Club
November 11, 2004

BBC.com
December 6, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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