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Based on 12 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 10 )
  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This odd Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie is as artless as the setup is muddled. show more

  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Its hopelessly stodgy execution will test the patience of even the most enthusiastic audiences for faith-based films. show more

  • 63
    Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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. show more

  • 40
    Patrick Peters Empire

    Indigestible Christmas stodge. show more

  • 30
    Randy Cordova Arizona Republic

    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. show more

  • 20
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 30
    Austin Chronicle

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

  • 60
    Martin Tsai Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

  • December 25, 2013 mp00000000176050
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    This was the best movie I have watched in years, it is 100% family! and shows the real meaning of Christmas . I can\'t wait until it comes out on DVD . I would go watch it again. I loved it. Need more movies like this!!!

  • December 17, 2013 dgwills
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    I loved this movie - beautifully filmed, beautifully acted - incredible message. I wish movies like this were in wider release so more people would be able to see them.

  • December 08, 2013 BETTY
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    Time & money was well spent on this movie! We need more good movies like this one.

  • November 30, 2013 HelenJohns
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    Now I\'m in the Christmas Spirit!

  • November 27, 2013 Ron
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    What a great movie. It\'s nice to be able to go to a movie that makes you feel good inside. They actually talked of Jesus & God, family values and chatracter. Something alien to the majority of the other offerings listed on the marque.

  • November 25, 2013 fy00000000172382
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    Great movie and great acting. Hans Matheson does a great job in the lead role and Samantha Barks help create a great romantic story along with a good tension all the way through the movie. Leslie Mannville does a great job playing Bea Haddington. I will probably see it again before Christmas!

  • November 25, 2013 kam1357433
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    Awesome movie!! Loved the country setting, the music, the story. Just a heartwarming movie. Want to see it again!!

  • November 24, 2013 fe00000000172342
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    What a wonderful, inspiring story that is great for families and gets you in the mood for Christmas.

  • November 24, 2013 tooliefog
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    this movie was a dark movie. Not a joyous Christmas story. I could not keep my eyes open. Boring actually.

  • November 24, 2013 lifeboat31
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    Bad.... just bad

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