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Joyeux NoŽl (Merry Christmas) Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 14, 2014
Unfolding slowly, then building in momentum like the hymns themselves, this entire sequence is tremendously affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
December 14, 2014
A vivid, quietly powerful recreation of a truly extraordinary moment in history: just not an overwhelmingly moving one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 14, 2014
It's a film with great humanism and if it's a little light on true drama or even realism it's intentions are honourable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Melissa Levine
New Times
December 14, 2014
Except for a few missteps, the movie is so beautifully and sensitively rendered in its particulars, in its characterizations of soldiers and officers, and in its dramatization of a nearly miraculous event, that the result is an affecting piece of cinema.
Richard von Busack
December 14, 2014
Christian Carion's account of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 is sentimentalized, but smooth, with the elegant restraint typical of the most romantic French films.
Top Critic
December 14, 2014
You can't watch this film without thinking about modern wars and about how much easier it is to demonize a foe when language and customs are more at odds.
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Craig Outhier
Orange County Register
December 14, 2014
For all their friendship and yuletide charity, the men must return to battle, and the miracle of Christmas does little to alter the course of war. By the end of it, they must decide if they've witnessed their own grand illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
December 14, 2014
Joyeux Noel is a fascinating piece of work that manages to be moving without becoming maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 14, 2014
A compelling war-what-is-it-good-for? film, a simple, empathetic story based on a real event.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christy Karras
Salt Lake Tribune
December 14, 2014
The scenes portray a sense of innocence made all the more affecting by the fact that we know the war went on for years afterward, and a good (and true) example of why we'd fight a lot fewer wars if regular people made those decisions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
December 9, 2013
It is strongly and competently told, and the poignancy of warriors stricken by the sound of Stille Nacht floating across the trenches still has the power to move.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Despite maudlin moments, however, it musters its fair share of irony. The film may be a Euro pudding, but it's tastier than most.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2008
A heartfelt story of men who managed to find camaraderie and humanity in the face of the torrent of bellicose rhetoric coming from their respective authorities...
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Joyeux Noel is shot beautifully and stories intertwine seamlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Some might castigate its unabashed sentimentality, but I found myself moved, especially when I recalled that this was supposedly the war to end all wars.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A surprisingly homogenous, organic and satisfying broad-canvas burst of ambitious, engaging cinema.
Pablo VillaÁa
Cinema em Cena
November 30, 2006
Saber que o espetacular incidente relatado pelo longa realmente aconteceu ť algo que, confesso, me reconforta imensamente.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Moring
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
This true story seems like it can only be explained as 'a God thing,' and indeed, how else could something so extraordinary take place without divine intervention?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 3, 2006
It's a respectful, sobering tribute to the flickering of humanitarian spirit amid the darkest days of conflict and, as such, surely a Christmas film for the ages.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 22, 2006
Well-photographed and acted, Joyeux NoŽl suffers most from the inevitable comparison with its betters, such films as Paths of Glory or All Quiet on the Western Front.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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