Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008)





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Inspired by the picturesque paintings of Thomas Kinkade, Christmas Cottage tells the semi-autobiographical tale of how a young boy is propelled to launch a career as an artist after he learns that his mother is in danger of losing the family home. Michael Campus directs a film written by Ken LaZebnik and co-produced by painter Kinkade. Jared Padalecki takes on the lead role, while Peter O'Toole plays his mentor, Glen Weissler. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG (for language, some suggestive content and smoking)
Drama , Kids & Family , Television
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Marcia Gay Harden
as Maryanne Kinkade
Jared Padalecki
as Thomas Kinkade
Peter O'Toole
as Glen Wessler
Chris Elliott
as Ernie Trevor
David Bortolucci
as Deuce Johnson
Edward Asner
as Sidney
Richard Burgi
as Bill Kinkade
Richard Moll
as Big Jim
Jay Brazeau
as Mr. Rosa
Aaron Ashmore
as Pat Kinkade
Tegan Moss
as Nanette
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Critic Reviews for Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage

All Critics (2)

The film dips into syrup as it draws to a close, but even that we can forgive for its genuine warm hearted mood

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
Urban Cinefile

It's a little like holiday leftovers--still warm and filling but not as fresh or tasty as the first Christmas Day meal.

Full Review… | November 29, 2008

Audience Reviews for Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage


A cheap Christmas melodrama that is rarely genuinely touching, it has nice performances but very little else worth noticing apart from the fact that Jared Padalecki is a strikingly handsome young actor, and that's it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Overly sentimental and over-acted yet surprisingly enjoyable Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage will never be esteemed alongside most holiday classics but does enough to give a chance during the holidays.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

This would melt many people's hearts and make them weep and be happy to be alive ... and while there is nothing wrong with any of those feelings or sentiments, it bothers me when a movie is THIS heavy-handed with the schmaltz. If this were a plate of pancakes, the plate AND the table would be overflowing with sticky, sweet syrup. And syrup is good -- it is yummy and sweet; but there can be too much of it. The film is sweet and sentimental and life-affirming like a wholesome Thomas Kinkade paiting of an adorable cottage. It is one that you fear criticizing as some will object and call you heartless ... not understanding that my critique of the film is not the warm and fuzzy story (which is "nice" to come across) but the over-abundance of the warm and fuzzy that could be constricting and suffocating. It it when someone tries TOO hard and tries to say ALL of the right things ... the film is too manufactured to be an ideal perfection. I appreciated the "never-give-up your dreams of being an artist" element of the story -- VERY much so; it is just that there are too many servings of syrup onhand for this film enthusiast to enjoy. Many would/will LOVE this film and I am happy that movies are made that re-affirm the wonderful-ness of life and dreams ... but I don't want to see something try THIS hard to make one feel oh-so-happy as it felt contrived and therefore not realistic.

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

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