Chicago Reader

By J.R. Jones
This ensemble drama by screenwriter David Hubbard isn't perfect, but its harsh honesty and sincere faith in humanity make it genuinely uplifting.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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L.A. Weekly

Sentimental, borderline-bizarre Christmas movie that boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.
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New York Daily News

By Robert Dominguez
A plodding, contrived Christmas tale that wastes the talents of his well-known cast.
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TV Guide

By Angel Cohn
The individual stories are so truncated that they can't do much in the way of giving their characters real emotional depth.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
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.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Shameless in its desperate grab at the heartstrings.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
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Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
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.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Excruciatingly maudlin.
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29 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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