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½ December 29, 2017
This film shines because instead of throwing meaningless tinsel in your face, it really touches on a deep and often dark note of what being ungrateful can do to one's life, family, and Christmases. Though a little slow in parts, the message resounds firmly by the end of the film.
½ October 24, 2017
I seen the Promo on The Disney Channel when I was Kid in 90s, But this is one of my favorite 80's Disney Christmas movie who truly to Believe Santa Claus
August 20, 2017
I love this movie! I do not understand the bad reviews. Yes it is too dark for very young ones. It captures the emotions of families at Christmas time quite well. The children's high expectations and the struggling parents difficulties with the season. The Santa's workshop is the best of any Christmas film out there. Ut really is kind of "It's A Wonderful Life" type story as the Mom gets to see what really matters when she has to deal with her husband's death right at Christmas and then finds out he really did not die. Like when Jimmy Stewart gets to see life in town without him. One Magic Christmas also captures rural Canada especially Ontario very well. I think too many people don't get the point, those bad things that are happening to Steenburgen's character are for her benefit to learn to make room for Christmas spirit in her heart.
Anyhow all IMHO and I could go on and on :-)
One of my favorite Christmas movies and my kids who are now grown up loved it even at a pretty young age!
December 22, 2016
One of my favourite Christmas movies of all time, sad in parts but great acting and a wonderful finale, perfect. A modern retelling of It's a Wonderful Life
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½ February 7, 2016
From Disney comes the rather unusual holiday film, One Magic Christmas. The story follows an angel who's assigned to help a working mother find the Christmas spirit, and to do so he enlists the help of her daughter. Mary Steenburgen and Harry Dean Stanton lead a somewhat eclectic cast. And the plot too has its share of quirks, with the angel teaming up with Santa Claus, and the use of a Christmas Wish to bring back the dead. The tone shifts so wildly that it's hard to tell what kind of film you're in half the time; fantasy, comedy, tragedy. Still, One Magic Christmas manages to come through with some heartwarming moments.
December 25, 2015
Surprisingly morbid for a Disney Christmas movie, but it does have a similar feel to several of the other live-action features made by Disney in the eighties. It was interesting to see once, but I wasn't too crazy about it. (First and only viewing - In my mid-twenties)
December 21, 2015
Terrible movie! If this is what a magic Christmas looks like, I'll just take a regular one thanks...
½ December 19, 2015
a great way to spend this afternoon
December 12, 2015
One of my all time favorites although it does take you to some dark reality. By films end all is well. Kind of like Christmas itself with ups and downs but in the end is all worth it.
February 7, 2015
No stars. Who was this movie made for? It's creepy, upsetting, and it's ending is a total slap in the face to anyone who got through this muck without feeling like killing themselves. Watch this if you hate Christmas and Christmas films.
½ December 28, 2014
One suicidal Christmas. Some surprisingly decent performances, though.
December 20, 2014
Wow, these critics are really getting the point of this movie. Yes, the things that happen throughout are devestating, and as I child I thought so too, but now I realize that these things happened to Ginny in order for her to realize how much she has been blessed with the things she already has. Geez guys, maybe look a little deeper next time.
January 11, 2014
Not as good as I hoped, but, it was an ok Christmas story about the importance of Christmas spirit
½ December 11, 2013
While its dips into fantasy and lanky dialogue may bog it down, 'One Magic Christmas' is a surprisingly moving film. Aided by a quality cast, special notes going to the always dependable Stanton and Steenburgen, a whimsical yet subdued score that makes clever use of 'O Christmas Tree', the film provides a much bleaker and more straight look at the holidays for those who are less well off in society than one would expect from Disney.
½ December 11, 2013
This movie is insane! If you want to teach your kids that it's okay to talk to creepy strangers (Harry Dean Stanton portrays a convincing sex offender) or that requests to bring people back from the dead will be granted by Santa Claus (all you gotta do is write a letter!), this is the movie for you.
December 8, 2013
A "Christmas Carol" update for mid '80s middle America. It's nice (and rather surprising) to see the ordeals really mattering, and refreshing to see a live-action Disney Christmas movie dealing with real economical and familiar hardship ("It's a Wonderful Life" is obviously another source of inspiration and it does a lot of the same things very well). Things are handled with a lovely kind of restraint--even the trip to the North Pole, while magical, is all fairly ordinary: An old, bearded Italian saint and his wife in their cottage, elves working in the factory. Ultimately, however, the story brings up some thorny problem-of-evil stuff that it's rather short-sighted Santa theologizing is under-equipped to deal with, and, while "One Magic Christmas" really works quite well in each of its individual components (the family relationship is tenderly, convincingly, and pretty unsentimentally drawn, the small kindnesses for others are moving, the environment of the town and community are all nicely, quietly rendered), the machine as a whole has some engineering problems, though it certainly surpasses the expectations (and then some) of its unfortunate title.
December 6, 2013
Childhood favorite of mine! Appreciate it even more as an adult and it can still make me cry!
December 2, 2013
superb film, captures the reality of a family struggling to make ends meet and deal with the expectations of their children. Some superb performances from Stanton and Steenburgen and the children. The Paris Texas of Christmas films, amazed that Disney released this!!
May 9, 2013
One Magic Christmas seems to fall under the category of fantasy films that are suitable for the whole family, but especially relevant to adults. After 28 years from it's release the movie is out dated and astonishingly not Disney's typical sentimental garbage. The storyline is relatable but the slow tracking and jumping scenes throws my interest out the door.
½ May 4, 2013
The movie is entertaining enough, but you could open a Dairy Factor with all the cheese in this thing. Basically an Angel is sent over a struggling family, NOT to help them get back on track, but to make the mother believe in the Christmas Spirit again. And he even allows her to go down a horrible path at one point that is way to mature for a G rated Disney flick imo!!!

The acting is okay. I always dig Koteas, but his character never goes anywhere and he only has maybe two scenes. But it was fun seeing the two young girls, as one is Sarah Polley, still had awful teeth then, and the other is Elizabeth Harnois, who steals the film here with her massive and adorable eyes. She makes the film watchable. I actually watched a more recent film not to long ago of hers, Ten Inch Hero, and her eyes had me under her spell even in the present.

But other than her, this film felt like a made for TV mess. Nice to see some famous actors in their youth, and it's harmless, but just not really good.
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