Noel

Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. 70
    This ensemble drama by screenwriter David Hubbard isn't perfect, but its harsh honesty and sincere faith in humanity make it genuinely uplifting.
  2. 50
    There's a point at which the plot crosses an invisible line, becoming so preposterous that it's no longer moving and is just plain weird.
  3. 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.
  4. Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    40
    Sentimental, borderline-bizarre Christmas movie that boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.
  6. A thick and gooey slice of holiday hokum.
  7. 25
    Shameless in its desperate grab at the heartstrings.
  8. A plodding, contrived Christmas tale that wastes the talents of his well-known cast.
  9. 0
    Excruciatingly maudlin.
  10. 40
    Palminteri and screenwriter David Hubbard desperately want the crazy misfits in their movie to move the audience, but they're all too cracked to inspire empathy. There's no holiday magic, just famous faces playing people who don't exist.
  11. 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.
  12. 40
    Though clearly meant as a heartwarmer in the longstanding holiday tradition, the film comes off as strange and sour.
  13. 30
    The individual stories are so truncated that they can't do much in the way of giving their characters real emotional depth.
  14. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Goes down like sour eggnog on Christmas Eve.
  15. 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.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 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 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. 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.