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Based on 26 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It takes an extraordinary film on the order of Joyeux Noel to make it all suddenly vital, immediate and human. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Joyeux Noël is gritty and disturbing with its extended scenes of war and destruction. It also is emotional, even a touch sentimental. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Carion's cri de coeur is at once a historical chronicle, an ode to the European Community, and a not-so-veiled critique of a 21st-century war. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    You can't go wrong with an uplifting, anti-war story like this, but director Christian Carion trowels on the schmaltz, and the movie's emphasis on Christian values actually seems to spell doom for solving today's conflicts with the Middle East. show more

  • 90
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    With a cast of Scottish, German and French actors all speaking their own language, writer-director Christian Carion has fashioned a deeply moving and uplifting piece. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Though it's not the great film "Grand Illusion" is, and though it may strike some as a little schmaltzy, it still has some of that earlier film's deep feeling and empathy for soldiers trapped in the jaws of war and for the joys of Christmas--for believers and non-believers alike. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Its sentimentality is muted by the thought that this moment of peace actually did take place, among men who were punished for it, and who mostly died soon enough afterward. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    An intense but fairly brief battle scene near the start reminds us of the unique horrors of this war. But the hokey music played over it hints that the film is going to try too hard to touch us. And it soon does. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It makes for a fascinating exploration of the human experience. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For a few fleeting hours, they unlearned those lessons of childhood, laying down their arms to pick up their common humanity. show more

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