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Super Reviewer
December 30, 2016
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.
½ December 7, 2016
Another run of the mill Christmas movie that is kind of watchable as long as you do not expect that much.
December 7, 2016
Schmaltzy Hallmark type thing. Can't deal with it.
December 23, 2015
This is a great film and can't understand why with such a well known cast that it doesn't get any credit. I brought this after Paul Walkers very sad passing and have watched it every Christmas since. Its a great Christmas movie as it has some real hard and sad moments but it will also pick you up and make you smile.
December 16, 2015
This is a tough one --- there is everything to fall in love with --- there are also a few scenes that make you wince.

Penelope Cruz and Paul Walker are beyond believable as the PERFECT joining of two very different worlds.

The Alan Arkin-Paul Walker plot line is at once painful and lovely in the spirit of the season.

The Robin Williams-Susan Sarandon plot line is devastatingly heart-rendering --- and --- at the same time beautiful to watch unfold.

Susan Sarandon 'where is love" sequences are a great time to raid the fridge.

All in all --- a true Christmas Classic --- definitely NOT to be missed.
½ July 29, 2015
Not your normal Xmas story and not a real good one either.
June 19, 2015
Very sappy drama taking place on Christmas Eve, the only connection to the holiday in the movie. Five characters who tenuously and not so believably in all cases have a connection learn a bit about themselves and each other. No really compelling story line, just some ideas thrown together to see what sticks. The reincarnation shtick and the pseudo-supernatural bent of a couple of acts seemed to have no place in such a drama.
May 28, 2015
when I first started watching this I couldn't remember why I had this in my cue then I saw the cast and both paul walker & robin Williams r in the gr8 cast and both turn in excellent performances in this X-mas drama.
March 24, 2015
paul walker te amo ?
March 3, 2015
I found Noel to be a rare gem of a holiday movie. So often the Christmas genre is clogged up with films that are syrupy and twee. There are the loveable family favorites, for sure, but taking a chance on an adult holiday film often ends in regret. That is very much not the case with this one, directed by Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale and Bullets over Broadway).

The story centers around the lives of five people on Christmas Eve. Relationships, love, and loss are thematic throughout. There are some notable actors in this cast; including both the late Paul Walker and Robin Williams. Williams' part is especially endearing, and Susan Sarandon is notably superb.

I urge you to give this one a chance next Christmas; a cup of hot cocoa and a cozy blanket is a must while viewing.
½ November 30, 2014
A real downer for Christmas, but lots of brutal reality about living and dying.
November 30, 2014
WOW......WOW.....WOW.....SO SO SO SO SO BAD......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL COSTS IT IS THAT BAD.....JUST DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE IT IS SO AWFUL.......ITS GOT A GOOD SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....BUT MAN THIS MOVIE IS SO SO SO AWFUL
½ August 17, 2014
This movie has a lot of heart and appropriately so for being a holiday movie. It's all about angels and if you've experienced the power of angels, it becomes all the more meaningful and with both Walker and Williams in it, you're in for a treat.
½ August 15, 2014
Harmless enough viewing - a good cast in a Christmas movie that follows the paths of several characters as they try to navigate Christmas Eve all by their lonesome for different reasons: divorcee Susan Sarandon's mother is hospitalized with Alzheimers while Robin Williams appears out of nowhere with an otherworldly message; cop Paul Walker and fiancee Penelope Cruz are having a fight while waiter Alan Arkin makes some weird allegations about him; and Marcus Thomas feels it would be good to spend Christmas in a hospital. Although, some of these people have serious emotional problems, the film sugarcoats them with mawkish sentimentality and then proceeds to resolve everything with miracles aimed at eliciting moist eyes. It's all mildly watchable, but cynics should probably steer clear.
½ May 20, 2014
Noel was one of those Christmas-time movies that you see on the Hallmark channel that tugs at your heartstrings. Everything seems to be going terribly, but in the end, things work themselves out, because after all, that's the Christmas spirit. A cute movie, but very predictable.
½ January 10, 2014
Noel delivery astonishing Spirit of love, tender, forgiveness
½ December 13, 2013
Certainly has a bit of substance. An exceptional film standing out from others for it's guts and honest charm, while still being unbelievable. lol
December 13, 2013
I really liked this! It's really cosy and Christmassy. It's a bit mawkish, maybe, but so what. I really liked Susan Sarandon and Paul Walker's characters. It made me feel very sad knowing what happened to Paul almost a decade after this was filmed.
December 4, 2013
Aussi chaleureux et honnête que le premier film de Chazz Palmintieri (qui s'offre un joli cameo) soit, Noel est aussi un film qui ne remplit pas les promesses de son excellent premier quart d'heure. Si l'ensemble cast est à son niveau habituel, c'est la réalisation, un peu plan-plan, et le scénario, un peu trop alambique, qui sont a mettre en cause. Cependant, ce sont 90 minutes bien dépensées.
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