63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
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.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Martin Tsai
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.
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50

Washington Post

By Stephanie Merry
It’s hard to imagine this tale of tradition and miracles leading skeptics to contemplation, much less faith.
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films.
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40

Empire

By Patrick Peters
Indigestible Christmas stodge.
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40

The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
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.
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30

Austin Chronicle

The Christmas Candle is not only as picturesque and beautiful as a holiday card but also just as two-dimensionally flat.
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30

Arizona Republic

By Randy Cordova
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.
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20

Total Film

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.
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33 out of 100
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