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Six-year-old Susan Walker (Mara Wilson) is skeptical of the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus, a trait she perhaps learned from her mother, Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins). When tasked with hiring the Santa who will pose with kids at Macy's, Dorey enlists a man with the curious name of Kris Kringle (Richard Attenborough) who claims to be Santa himself. His assertions are met with scoffs and threats of institutionalization, but a young lawyer, along with Susan and Dorey, comes to his defense.

Cast & Crew

Richard Attenborough
Kris Kringle, 'Santa Claus'
Dylan McDermott
Bryan Bedford
Mara Wilson
Susan Walker
Robert Prosky
Judge Henry Harper
J.T. Walsh
Ed Collins
Jane Leeves
Alberta Leonard
Simon Jones
Donald Shellhammer
William S. Beasley
Executive Producer
Bill Ryan
Executive Producer
Bruce Broughton
Original Music
Julio Macat
Cinematographer
Raja Gosnell
Film Editor
Doug Kraner
Production Design
Steve Arnold
Art Direction
Leslie E. Rollins
Set Decoration
Kathy O'Rear
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Critic Reviews for Miracle on 34th Street

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (14)

  • When [it] remembers that it's supposed to be a sweet piece of hokum, when it has the wit to leave Attenborough and Wilson on the screen together and forget about its rash of putative improvements, it does offer well-scrubbed family fare.

    October 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Richard Attenborough positively sparkles in the role of the mysterious Kriss Kringle, giving a restrained and genuinely sweet performance.

    October 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The sanitised setting may generate a Yuletide glow, but it gives a hollow, even cynical ring to the film's championship of faith, hope and charity, sweetness and light.

    December 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The overall effect is enjoyable and cuddly like a warm fire on a cold night. It also harkens back to a bygone, simpler time.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • This retelling is loving and gentle and lit like a 1940s musical.

    December 1, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The new Miracle on 34th Street, produced by John Hughes and written by him with George Seaton, is a dull project that makes only cosmetic changes in the original.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • When [it] remembers that it's supposed to be a sweet piece of hokum, when it has the wit to leave Attenborough and Wilson on the screen together and forget about its rash of putative improvements, it does offer well-scrubbed family fare.

    October 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Richard Attenborough positively sparkles in the role of the mysterious Kriss Kringle, giving a restrained and genuinely sweet performance.

    October 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The sanitised setting may generate a Yuletide glow, but it gives a hollow, even cynical ring to the film's championship of faith, hope and charity, sweetness and light.

    December 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The overall effect is enjoyable and cuddly like a warm fire on a cold night. It also harkens back to a bygone, simpler time.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The well-rounded characters, scene-stealing performances, lovely lighting, and lush costumes combine to place the 1994 Miracle on 34th Street in the top tier of must-watch Christmas movies.

    December 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Although the film as a whole is a much more glamorous affair, and Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins as her mother are undoubtedly charming, it does lack some of the magic of the original.

    October 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Miracle on 34th Street

  • Dec 19, 2011
    Although I enjoy the "Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire girl", this movie wasn't the best. This is one of those cases where nothing was wrong with the original, so why remake it? It fell short...
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2011
    "Miracle on 34th Street" has one of the greatest christmas tales of all time at it's fingertips, and it dazzles with humour, sadness, and too many heartfelt moments to count. This film knows what it is trying to be, and therefore, it is one of my favourite christmas films of all time. As one girl is told that santa clause does not exist, she comes into contact with a white bearded man who claims to be the real thing. When he convinces her, she asks him for a new house, a dad, and a baby brother. If she doesn't receive this, then santa clause will not be real to her. There is so much christmas spirit in this film, and every touching moment will bring a tear to your eye. The conclusion will have even adults believing in christmas again. If you have not seen this amazing holiday film, I suggest it be the next one you watch. "Miracle on 34th Street" is a miracle on it's own!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    One would think that John Hughes would know better than to remake a classic, but he did...so there it is. Hughes' Miracle on 34th Street is vastly inferior to the original, but it does manage to pull off a little magic. The major flaw of the film is that it creates a villain out of the rival department store, which isn't in keeping with the spirit of the story. The casting is pretty solid for the most part; Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott do especial well in the lead roles, as does Mara Wilson. As remakes go, Miracle on 34th Street isn't a bad one. But it's just reflected glory.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2011
    Uplifting and sweet but verging on twee throughout. Full review later.
    Thomas B Super Reviewer

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