Noel (2004)


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It's Christmas Eve in New York City, and with a little help from each other, five people will discover new meaning on Christmas Day: Jules finds the courage to step beyond his past; Artie's own tragic history shows Mike where jealousy can lead, bringing renewal to his relationship with Nina; and Rose discovers new hope as Charlie--an unexpected friend--reminds her that no one is ever truly alone at Christmas.

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14)

One of those unpleasant fiascoes meant to lodge a lump in the throat at Christmas, but it only ends up making you want to bludgeon the elves with their own toy-shop hammers.

Nov 18, 2004 | Full Review…
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The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.

Nov 15, 2004

The kind of sappy, sadness-turns- to-gladness holiday movie that shows up on cable TV this time of year.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: C

Palminteri draws some very good performances from his cast -- only to pile on a lot of shameless heart-tugging on top of a contrived script about five New Yorkers facing Christmas Eve alone.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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The mawkishness meter is turned up full blast by the time Williams, wearing the hangdog expression he saves for maudlin dramas, shows up out of nowhere as a former priest to save an unhappy Sarandon from jumping into the East River.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

I can be sentimental under the right circumstances, but the movie is such a calculating tearjerker that it played like a challenge to me.

Nov 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Noel

Noel is a compelling holiday drama with a touching message about love, family, and forgiveness. The story follows several New Yorkers on Christmas Eve as they cross paths and struggle to come to terms with their personal struggles. Starring Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams, the film features an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And the writers do a fairly good job at balancing the different character stories. Still, it gets a little cliché at times and a bit contrived. Yet despite its flaws, Noel is a heartwarming film about the redemptive nature of Christmas.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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A great Christmas Movie, One for adult as younger children just wouldn't understand. It shows the lives of 5 different people and how in this story they mingle together to form an outstanding story with a tear jerker ending. Rose was great along with the rough and rowdy cop. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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I never thought I would ever watch a beautifull like Noel Movie DIRECTED BY CHAZZ PALMINTERI! A Movie focuses five lives with different problems on christmas eve.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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OK, I'm a sucker for this sort of intertwined film where you need watch the whole movie to figure out which boyfriend happens to be the son of the strange bartender, etc. and how everyone survives Christmas Day.

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Red Lats

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