• 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

Jessica Winter
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 10, 2004
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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

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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
Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
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Boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 11, 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
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
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
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