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Joyeux NoŽl (Merry Christmas) Reviews

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Fenella Kernebone
December 14, 2014
Not quite the searing tale about the tragedy of war that it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 19, 2006
...a dull and pretty play, oiled by syrup and lighted by golden candles.
Read More | Original Score: 79/100
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 2, 2006
What might have been a great movie is watered down into a nice one peopled with lots of down-home folk you'd really like if only they felt the slightest bit real.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Insipid manipulation masquerading as (and giving a bad name to) humanism
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 23, 2006
The story in Joyuex Noel is true. The movie is not.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
December 14, 2014
Without an interesting point of view attached but tons of nobility to go around, it's not hard to be left with the feeling these soldiers stopped shooting at each other because, well, "Silent Night" is such an excellent song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 14, 2014
It is such a wonderful story and I think it's a rather prosaic treatment that it's been given.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Holcomb
August 7, 2008
Nominated for the 2005 Best Foreign Film Academy Award, "Noel" is the kind of sentimental tripe the Academy loves to honor in order to justify their own sentimental tripe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2006
When the men unite over common Christmas carols, it feels like a happy ending, but the film goes on with more happy -- and bittersweet -- endings for an hour more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 1, 2006
This is such a great true story that it's a pity the film's so heavy-handed and deliberately weepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kent Turner
March 2, 2006
The trenches are like an open-air Grand Hotel; people come, people go.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 2, 2006
A glossy French antiwar movie with melted snowflakes in its eyes.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 10, 2006
It's hard not to admire the film's sense of nobility. It's harder not to find the movie dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 31, 2006
Its noble intentions do not negate its lumpy ordinariness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
March 2, 2006
for an R-rated war film, this puppy has no claws.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
December 17, 2005
Heavy-handed, self-important and way, way too whimsical, Merry Christmas never hits home emotionally.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 2, 2006
Carion old-fashions the true story of the 1914 Christmas truce into sentimental's easy to imagine the story being told more effectively with less labor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lexi Feinberg
March 2, 2006
It's like an uninspired gift that you've already received and exchanged in the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
December 14, 2014
The horror of the war, and the startling dignity of these mud-spattered soldiers, will doubtless thaw stony hearts. But the drama is as conventional as a ham sandwich.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
July 1, 2006
[Carion] settles for making a tear-jerker, when it could have been -- and deserves to be -- so much more.
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