(2004)

Critic Reviews

29

Metascore

Based on 15 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
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.
40
The A.V. Club
Palminteri and screenwriter David Hubbard desperately want the crazy misfits in their movie to move the audience, but they're all too cracked to inspire empathy. There's no holiday magic, just famous faces playing people who don't exist.
40
L.A. Weekly
Sentimental, borderline-bizarre Christmas movie that boasts just enough good acting to make up for the treacle.
40
A thick and gooey slice of holiday hokum.
40
Though clearly meant as a heartwarmer in the longstanding holiday tradition, the film comes off as strange and sour.
30
Village Voice
Most of the redemptive notes ring false, as does the mythical Manhattan, where the snow is just too clean and everybody lives around the corner.
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
Variety
Goes down like sour eggnog on Christmas Eve.
25
Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
0
New York Post
Excruciatingly maudlin.

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