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Noel Reviews

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November 12, 2004
I can be sentimental under the right circumstances, but the movie is such a calculating tearjerker that it played like a challenge to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2004
The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.
November 12, 2004
Desperate for warm and fuzzy holiday feelings, Noel is depressing and bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 19, 2005
There's nothing at all surprising about Noel, except for the fact that it was ever made.
| Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2004
[A] swirl of contrived Christmas Eve 'magic' that's forced and mostly phony and never quite hits the right notes...
November 24, 2004
Three tear-jerking stories about faith, love and the redemptive spiritual power of a frosty Christmas Eve
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 12, 2004
Except for die-hard students of extremely bad movies, Noel isn't worth seeing.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
November 13, 2004
I can think of 59,054,087 people who are intellectually deprived enough to buy into “Noel.”
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 11, 2004
Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2005
The sentiments are right on the money, but the execution never quite filled me with holiday cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2004
Hubbard's script is so steeped in sludgy sentimentality that the film's early hints of quirkiness quickly give way to heavy-handed faith healing.
November 9, 2004
Most of the redemptive notes ring false, as does the mythical Manhattan, where the snow is just too clean and everybody lives around the corner.
November 11, 2004
A handful of competent performances can't keep Noel from pulling its audience through a bleak, cheerless hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 11, 2004
Though clearly meant as a heartwarmer in the long-standing holiday tradition, Chazz Palminteri's film comes off as strange and sour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 11, 2004
Utterly devoid of genuine emotion or warmth, Noel, which marks the directorial debut of actor Chazz Palminteri, is too sappy for words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 12, 2004
Like way too many holiday films, it is shameless in its desperate grab at the heartstrings. What it latches onto firmly instead is the gag reflex, making you long for a dose of Maalox or at least another viewing of Bad Santa.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 12, 2004
Despite the impressive cast, acting quality isn't especially high.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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