(2004)

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70
Chicago Reader
This ensemble drama by screenwriter David Hubbard isn't perfect, but its harsh honesty and sincere faith in humanity make it genuinely uplifting.
50
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.
40
Sentimental, borderline-bizarre Christmas movie that boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.
38
New York Daily News
A plodding, contrived Christmas tale that wastes the talents of his well-known cast.
30
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
30
The individual stories are so truncated that they can't do much in the way of giving their characters real emotional depth.
25
Chicago Tribune
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.
25
Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
25
Miami Herald
Shameless in its desperate grab at the heartstrings.
0
New York Post
Excruciatingly maudlin.

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