Noel Reviews

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December 19, 2017
Christmas tearjerker has mature themes, some sex.
April 29, 2009
I had a very hard time displaying malice to this.
March 1, 2007
Pleasantly watchable.
April 6, 2006
A film about folks celebrating Christmas together is about as interesting and carries as much dramatic thrust as the 1989 Christmas reunion video immortalized on Uncle Fred's camcorder.
November 20, 2005
The sentiments are right on the money, but the execution never quite filled me with holiday cheer.
November 19, 2005
There's nothing at all surprising about Noel, except for the fact that it was ever made.
November 16, 2005
If you are looking for a Christmas film that is unconventional, that has a lot of heart without wallowing in sentimentality, this is a good bet.
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December 10, 2004
November 30, 2004
A holiday gift wrapped in sadness -- but tied tenderly with hope.
November 24, 2004
Three tear-jerking stories about faith, love and the redemptive spiritual power of a frosty Christmas Eve
November 23, 2004
Fits snugly into the 'Christmas movie' canon by tapping into familiar problems, tugging at the heartstrings and stirring your tired soul.
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November 18, 2004
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.
November 16, 2004
Noel delivers two astonishing scenes of love and forgiveness that will take your breath away and are perfectly in tune with the miraculous nature of Christmas.
November 15, 2004
The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.
November 13, 2004
I can think of 59,054,087 people who are intellectually deprived enough to buy into “Noel.”
November 12, 2004
The kind of sappy, sadness-turns- to-gladness holiday movie that shows up on cable TV this time of year.
November 12, 2004
The all-star cast do their best, but the individual stories are so truncated that they can't do much in the way of giving their characters real emotional depth.
November 12, 2004
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.
November 12, 2004
Santa discontinued that whole coal-in-the-stocking thing a while back. Now, he brings movies like this one when you're bad.
November 12, 2004
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.
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