White Christmas

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It may be too sweet for some, but this unabashedly sentimental holiday favorite is too cheerful to resist.

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This Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby is a romantic tale that takes place in a Vermont lodge- where it is almost always, a "White Christmas."

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Critic Reviews for White Christmas

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (10)

  • A big fat yam of a picture richly candied with VistaVision (Paramount's answer to CinemaScope), Technicolor, tunes by Irving Berlin, massive production numbers, and big stars. Unfortunately, the yam is still a yam.

    Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Paramount's first film in (lavender-hued) VistaVision was this pornographically soppy but, nonetheless, hearty and humorous 1954 festive romp.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • White Christmas is the cinema equivalent of an inappropriate festive snog under the mistletoe -- you know you probably shouldn't enjoy it but you just can't help yourself.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a nice, if undemanding, Yuletide treat.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A new score by Irving Berlin also contributed to its marzipan popularity. But it's the title song that really produced lasting gold. That and the fake snow.

    Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, along with VistaVision, keep the enteratinment going in this fancifully staged production, clicking well.

    Nov 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for White Christmas

  • Dec 12, 2015
    It's not without some charm or fun musical numbers but I've never been able to get past how much of film shamelessly uses cheap sentiment to sell it's already corny plot.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2013
    Gen. Waverly: There's no Christmas in the army, captain. White Christmas is a great Christmas classic and a fantastic musical. It has a story that's not too Christmassy but still manages to sum up the whole idea of what Christmas should be about. I'm not the biggest fan of musicals, but when I do see one I enjoy, it's always a treasure. This is a new favorite of mine when it comes to the holiday season.  Two army friends create a song and dance act that becomes extremely successful. When they go to see a sister act, Phil decides to try to hook Bob up with one of the sisters. They end up going with the Haynes sisters to Vermont where they are to play a show at an inn. This inn ends up being owned by Bob and Phil's commanding general from their army days and things aren't looking great for the general. Since there's no snow to speak of, his inn is completely empty and it looks like he could lose it. Bob and Phil decide to do a show there in order to attract people and they end up coming up with an idea that will be a great gift for their beloved general. White Christmas is a beautiful movie with endearing performances and some pretty good song and dance numbers. Fans of old musical will love it, as should people who don't really care for this sort of thing normally. It's easy to see why this movie is so highly regarded when it comes to the Christmas season. It's a great holiday movie to sit down with the family to.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2013
    This is a good movie, but not necessarily my cup of tea. I've never been a big fan of these old musicals. Hell, I'm not really that big a fan of musicals in general. But to be fair to this film, the song and dance numbers, particularly the dancing, was extravagantly choreographed, it's actually really impressive with the highlight being the first dress rehearsal they do in the inn. There's so much going on in this scene that the fact that they pull it off so flawlessly is very impressive to me. The story is simple and it definitely overloads on the sweetness. But to be honest, the story is just there to get you to the next song and dance, it really isn't that great of a story because, again, the song and dance numbers distract from the overall narrative. The cast is good, Danny Kaye definitely steals the show but, again, it's not really a showcase for acting as much as it is a showcase for the musical aspects of the film. At the same time, I didn't really have a problem with these scenes because I think they showcase a time in Hollywood that is long gone and in some ways it's pretty cool to see this type of film and comparing how films have evolved since then. I wasn't blown away by it because of how much it focused on the song and dance and not on the characters, but it is an entertaining film nonetheless. Not my cup of tea, but it's a good movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2012
    Cute, charming and funny enough to give my annual "It's a Wonderful Life" routine a break this Christmas. I recommend finding a theater around the holidays to become immersed in the stage productions and further enjoy the richness of Bing Crosby's performances.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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