The Christmas Candle (2013)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
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Average Rating: 3.8/10
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From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a
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Melds the intriguing with the hokey in a variation on the standard template of a nonbeliever who changes his outlook amid a holiday miracle.
Relates the weak-tea parable of a town that receives a wish-giving candle every 25 years from an angel.
This holiday movie about a man of God who regains his faith thanks to a miraculous candle is as picturesque as a snow globe and just about as full of human life.
This odd Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie is as artless as the setup is muddled.
"The Christmas Candle," based on a book by Texas minister Max Lucado, might be the ideal movie for Christians in search of family-friendly entertainment, but its appeal won't stretch beyond that demographic.
"The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey.
Essentially a daytime TV movie; out of place in cinemas, but right at home on a wet Wednesday afternoon.
There's nothing wrong with a message, but I'm afraid my own is: don't go.
A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames.
A festive faith-based film with two distinct target audiences: Christians and fans of the hilariously hammy.
Sweet film about Christmas miracles but a little slow at the start - and neither Susan Boyle nor Samantha Barks has a big musical number.
Muddled, emotionally sterile and lacking mysticism, mystery and magic, it's not even remotely comparable to traditional Christmas classics.
The kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don't even realize that they have.
In both plot and theology, it is on the side of tradition, but Richmond's antagonism is not treated as a character defect.
Although at times it seems to be building emotional momentum, by the end it falls flat -- tripped by its conflicting ambitions, overload of metaphoric events, and lack of powerful catharsis.
I just don't see it becoming popular among the masses. And that's despite containing a positive message, handsome production values, and decent acting (aside from one bit of "stunt casting"). (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Only the most diehard fans of holiday pablum will be able to swallow this Bible-banging hunk of whimsy.
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- Lady Camdon: Your doubts don't trouble me Reverend. On the contrary. They inspire my faith.
- David Richmond: You may have one light to give. But I hope to give everyone a little light this Christmas.
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