• 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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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
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
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
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies

Desperate for warm and fuzzy holiday feelings, Noel is depressing and bland.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 12, 2004
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] swirl of contrived Christmas Eve 'magic' that's forced and mostly phony and never quite hits the right notes...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 12, 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
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
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
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
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 1/4

November 11, 2004
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
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

October 6, 2004
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 9, 2004
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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A handful of competent performances can't keep Noel from pulling its audience through a bleak, cheerless hour and a half.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

November 11, 2004
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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Though clearly meant as a heartwarmer in the long-standing holiday tradition, Chazz Palminteri's film comes off as strange and sour.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2004
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Utterly devoid of genuine emotion or warmth, Noel, which marks the directorial debut of actor Chazz Palminteri, is too sappy for words.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

November 11, 2004
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

November 12, 2004
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Despite the impressive cast, acting quality isn't especially high.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

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
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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November 23, 2004
Hanh Nguyen
December 19, 2004
Jessica Winter
Time Out New York
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November 11, 2004
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Time Out
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February 9, 2006
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