Noel Reviews

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December 10, 2004
Top Critic
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 15, 2004
The nut-ball factor is just too high for these characters.
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
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
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.
November 12, 2004
Except for die-hard students of extremely bad movies, Noel isn't worth seeing.
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.
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.
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.