Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. A plodding, contrived Christmas tale that wastes the talents of his well-known cast.
  2. David 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    30
    The individual stories are so truncated that they can't do much in the way of giving their characters real emotional depth.
  4. 30
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Goes down like sour eggnog on Christmas Eve.
  6. So dark and dirge-like are its first 85 minutes that a few uplifting minutes at the end can't dissipate the somber cloud Noel summons.
  7. Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
  8. 25
    Shameless in its desperate grab at the heartstrings.
  9. 0
    Excruciatingly maudlin.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. DL
    Jun 2, 2006
    8
    Highly under-rated. A fantastic gem. Scenery of a snow filled New York Christmas is just the perfect back drop for this beautiful story that will make you laugh and cry. Paul Walker breaks away from his usual roles and makes for a great performance in this romantic drama. Includes an excellent supporting cast including Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon. A must watch for those who want to me touched and moved. Full Review »
  2. Sam
    Oct 24, 2005
    4
    It's not a very good movie. In fact, it's pretty close to being Torque bad, but it isn't, so I'll give it props for that. Only that, however. Full Review »
  3. VeraM.
    Oct 5, 2005
    9
    It's a delicate picture with a great cast. Watching it was worth for me. It made me feel happy and think about simple things in a different way.