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  • Summary: Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it that every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
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: Frank Scheck
    Nov 21, 2013
    Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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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. Expand
  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. Expand