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  • Release Date: Nov 22, 2013

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Nov 21, 2013
    Despite some fine production values, lovely photography and smart casting of a range of British stage and screen actors, The Christmas Candle can’t quite move beyond the weary metaphors. It has the feel of a slick television movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Nov 21, 2013
    The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 22, 2013
    Ultimately, this throwback, made-for-TV-style film takes the easy way out in a cheesy climax, but its resolute quaintness may appeal to the kind of viewers who regard electricity as disturbingly newfangled.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Nov 21, 2013
    It’s hard to imagine this tale of tradition and miracles leading skeptics to contemplation, much less faith.
  5. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Dec 9, 2013
    Indigestible Christmas stodge.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 21, 2013
    The residents of the English village Gladbury in the period holiday film The Christmas Candle might as well be bustling about in a snow globe for all their dimples, yuletide obsession and quaint, consumptive coughs.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 21, 2013
    Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Sep 9, 2014
    The end result is the kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don't even realize that they have.
  9. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Nov 21, 2013
    The whole thing is sentimental corn, which isn’t bad if it’s handled with conviction and sincerity. But the direction by John Stephenson (better known for special effects than directing) is resolutely stiff and hollow. That’s murder for a movie dealing with miracles.
  10. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Nov 20, 2013
    The Christmas Candle is not only as picturesque and beautiful as a holiday card but also just as two-dimensionally flat.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Dec 12, 2013
    A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephen Kelly
    Dec 9, 2013
    There are star names in the cast – Sylvester McCoy, John Hannah, Samantha Barks – but ultimately the film rests on Boyle, who sadly has all the acting nuance of a Speak N’ Spell.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 21, 2013
    This odd Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie is as artless as the setup is muddled.
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 28, 2014
    This is a charming and heartwarming family movie. The cinematography is good. It It has some twists and some humor, too. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will get our own copy when it is released this fall. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2013
    Isle of Man provides a magical setting for a pleasant period piece celebrating the Magic of Christmas. As well, Susan Boyle provides the voice of an angel for the movie's theme song, Miracle Hymn. Full Review »