Jack Frost

1998

Jack Frost

Critics Consensus

Sentimental schmaltz and uninspired storytelling sink this film.

19%

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Total Count: 57

40%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 64,654
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Movie Info

Jack Frost is the tale of a man who's trying to be a father, a husband, a breadwinner, and he's trying to do what he loves to do. Ultimately he realizes that if you don't pay attention to the people dearest in your life -- your family -- you could lose it all. Jack, an often-traveling blues musician, has spent little time with his son- then dies in a car accident and then realizes his mortal life mistake of not being there for his son. Then Jack "came to life one day" as a snowman to repair his lost time.

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Cast

Michael Keaton
as Jack Frost
Kelly Preston
as Gabby Frost
Mark Addy
as Mac MacArthur
Joseph Cross
as Charlie Frost
Henry Rollins
as Coach Gronic
Mika Boorem
as Natalie
Andy Lawrence
as Tuck Gronic
Taylor Handley
as Rory Buck
Moon Zappa
as Uncredited (School Teacher)
Ahmet Zappa
as Snowplow Driver
Dweezil Zappa
as John Kaplan
Andrew Lawrence
as Tuck Gronic
Benjamin Brock
as Alexander
Paul F. Tompkins
as Audience Member
Jay Johnston
as TV Weatherman
Jeff Cesario
as Radio Announcer
Scott Thomson
as Dennis's Dad
Jimmy Michaels
as Devil's Goalie
Ajai Sanders
as Interviewer
John Ennis
as Truck Driver
Wayne Federman
as Dave, Policeman
Golden Henning
as Bank Customer
Pat Crawford Brown
as Scorekeeper
Mr. Chips
as Chester the Dog
Denise Cheshire
as In-Suit Performer
Bruce Lanoil
as In-Suit Performer
Trevor Rabin
as Lead Guitarist
Lili Haydn
as Violinist
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Critic Reviews for Jack Frost

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (16)

  • Jack Frost is so treacly and fake it makes you feel like you're trapped in a winter-wonderland paperweight.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • This is a watchable, if by-the-book little movie.

    Apr 17, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Falk

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • No story, not enough humor, a silly setup, and a guy in the snowman suit who looks like he didn't make the first cut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Its sentiment is rote, its truths are culled from a trip down the aisles of a greeting-card shop.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Jack Frost oozes the kind of fake warmth that gives family films a bad name.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Predictable!

    Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Jack Frost

  • Dec 24, 2017
    The story isn't anything particularly new and it was predictable but the main problem with the story is that it's a Christmas film but there's very little comedy and it has quite an emotional and sad story and it's not what we really want to see at Christmas, It is acted well but it needed to be abit more light hearted.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2013
    For some reason, whether it was because it was always on cable around Christmas or because it had Michael Keaton in it, I've seen "Jack Frost" more times than I can remember, and to be perfectly honest, I really enjoy it every time. Keaton plays a musician father that is just about to break into the music industry with his band, but in doing so, he is leaving his beautiful wife (Kelly Preston) and his son (Joseph Cross) in the dust. When he misses his son's hockey game and then has to bail on a Christmas trip to the cabin, Jack (Keaton) decides to give it up and head back to his family. Sadly, on the way, he has a car accident and dies, which is truly heartbreaking. But thanks to the "magic" harmonica that he gives his son after missing his game, he is brought back to life in the form of a snow man, an annual activity the father and son once shared. Given a strange second chance, Jack uses this time to spend with his son, whose mental frailty is constantly in question as he begins spending a strange amount of time with a snowman. Thanks in part to the Jim Henson creature shop, the snowman effects are impeccable, feeling very real and creating a character that is most often than not, completely believable, helped by the great voice acting by Keaton. However, some of the special effects, mainly during the downhill sled chase, the effects fall off in quality tremendously. "Jack Frost" may not be the most conventional holiday film but it has stayed with me since I was a child and continues to fascinate me with its ridiculous premise and tragic demeanor.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2013
    As cheesy as you'd expect from a Christmas film about a man who is reborn as a snowman! The whole thing would be a disaster if it wasn't for Keaton, who manages to be 'cool' in everything he does (geddit?). This film could only be appreciated at xmas and even then there are much better xmas films but although it didn't melt my heart it was nowhere near as bad as I was expecting. Keaton deserves better though..
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2011
    I loved Jack Frost as a kid. Now I just see it as satisfactory childrens christmas entertainment. Although uninspired it did however bring a smile to my face despite there being other, better christmas films.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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