90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
With a cast of Scottish, German and French actors all speaking their own language, writer-director Christian Carion has fashioned a deeply moving and uplifting piece.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Though it's not the great film "Grand Illusion" is, and though it may strike some as a little schmaltzy, it still has some of that earlier film's deep feeling and empathy for soldiers trapped in the jaws of war and for the joys of Christmas--for believers and non-believers alike.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Joyeux Noël is gritty and disturbing with its extended scenes of war and destruction. It also is emotional, even a touch sentimental.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It takes an extraordinary film on the order of Joyeux Noel to make it all suddenly vital, immediate and human.
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75

New York Post

An intense but fairly brief battle scene near the start reminds us of the unique horrors of this war. But the hokey music played over it hints that the film is going to try too hard to touch us. And it soon does.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Carion's cri de coeur is at once a historical chronicle, an ode to the European Community, and a not-so-veiled critique of a 21st-century war.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It makes for a fascinating exploration of the human experience.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Its sentimentality is muted by the thought that this moment of peace actually did take place, among men who were punished for it, and who mostly died soon enough afterward.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's a heart-warmer, a well-meaning movie that sets out to wring a modern message (and preferably some tears) from a famous but largely forgotten moment in history.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
You can't go wrong with an uplifting, anti-war story like this, but director Christian Carion trowels on the schmaltz, and the movie's emphasis on Christian values actually seems to spell doom for solving today's conflicts with the Middle East.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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