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Noel Reviews

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Boston Globe
December 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 15, 2004
The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 12, 2004
The kind of sappy, sadness-turns- to-gladness holiday movie that shows up on cable TV this time of year.
| Original Score: C
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Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 12, 2004
Except for die-hard students of extremely bad movies, Noel isn't worth seeing.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
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
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
November 11, 2004
Boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
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.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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.