Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Log in with Facebook
Forgot your password?
Don't have an account? Sign up here
and the Terms and Policies,
and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.
Already have an account? Log in here
Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.
No consensus yet.
No consensus yet.
All Critics (18)
| Top Critics (8)
| Fresh (18)
| Rotten (0)
Crafted with affection and attentive to workaday rhythms, this first feature from writer-director Charles Poekel demonstrates an authentic feel for the neighborhood, where he himself once sold trees.
Delicate and restrained, the film offers the messages of redemption and renewal we so often crave from a Christmas movie without wrapping its themes and characters in tinsel.
"Christmas, Again" captures something ineffably moving about the holiday grind, as depicted in the life of a seasonal Christmas tree seller.
The film amounts to a collection of indelible moments, many of them piercingly lovely and delicate.
The most striking thing about it is its evocation of an extremely specific mood. Once we settle into it, and it happens early, everything else becomes possible.
This is a Christmas movie in which magic exists largely on the periphery, and that is just the right mix of chilly and sweet.
Christmas, Again is a welcome slow burn of enjoyment and reflection on the nuances of the season.
There's no Hollywood ending here, but though little has happened plot-wise, we sense that this Christmas just might have been transformative for two lonely, drifting souls.
It's interesting to note that Poekel sold Christmas trees for five years to get the money to finance the film.
Christmas, Again becomes the kind of Christmas movie not very common anymore. One lacking in cynicism and irony.
Poekel keeps things natural, letting Noel's sadness slowly permeate the atmosphere along with the scent of pine needles rather than ringing it out at high volume.
A portrait of a decidedly blue Christmas, not a black one.
There are no featured reviews for Christmas, Again at this time.
There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.