The Christmas Candle Synopsis
A minister's quest to modernize his village puts him at odds with a candlemaker.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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By Patrick Peters
Indigestible Christmas stodge.
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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Our Family's New Christmas Classic!

By jeffsheets
Being Downton Abbey AND Christmas movie fans, our family was overwhelmed by this incredible movie. With a combination of interesting story line, a gorgeous English village and characters that...


By kcallain
I never see a movie more than one time. However, I am going back as many times as I can and I'm taking friends & family each time! This is the most wonderful movie I have EVER seen. The period in...

Great Movie for the Whole Family

By jbflynn1
We are finally seeing quality movies targeted for families....

Great Family Movie!!

By jclovis
I loved the fact that my ears were not assaulted with pervasive dirty language! A movie for the heart. Looking forward to more movies that are family based. Praise God....


By lkbohac
I absolutely love The Christmas Candle! It is a film for all ages and one I plan to take my family to. Excellent cast! Great acting and I loved hearing Susan Boyle sing "The Miracle Hymn". It is...

My faith was renewed

By pastorsellers
I am a retired pastor who has been in a crisis of faith for several years. At the very beginning of The Christmas Candle a young clergyman is reminded of his calling to proclaim God's Word although...

The Christmas Candle

By bruceprobst
This is one of the best movies I have seen all year. Our whole family loved it. We had to drive to Baton Rouge to see it...when will it come to our theater in Covington. Louisiana? Why is its...

It is a well made movie, with great acting, but the faith lesson is priceless

By amywells63
Wow Susan Boyle singing that song in this movie....perfect for thanksgiving weekend.....Captivating!! All the sudden it was over. I love this film because it gave me hope. It shows how to walk in...

The Christmas Candle

By jcjawslry
This was one of the best movies we have seen! It brought forth the true SPIRIT of Christmas and all the values that it stands for. Go and see a good family movie with solid values!...

Great way to get in the mood for Thanksgiving and Christmas

By StanS17
Great family movie you can take the entire family to see without any hesitation! This movie will make you laugh, will make you cry, and you will leave feeling better than you did when you entered the...

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Rated PG | For mild thematic elements