Each movie listed includes: 

(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5

 

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The Christmas Cabin (2019)

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Peyton McDavitt and Chad Michael Collins

Synopsis: When Seth unknowingly interrupts Sammi's quiet holiday getaway at her family cabin, their hearts get more than they bargain for.

Review: This movie was cute enough. I think the biggest failing here was in developing the characters. We don’t know them enough to truly understand or care about what’s happening. I did like the end with the resolution of the property. 

Scoring: 2

The Christmas Calendar (2017)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Laura Bell Bundy and Brendon Zub
Synopsis: When Emily, a struggling baker in a small town, receives a handmade Christmas Calendar from a secret admirer, the local residents become obsessed with finding out the identity of the sender.
Review: The townspeople are eccentric which kept me entertained. Very interesting movie that really kept my attention. I loved guessing who the sender was. The addition of her struggles to keep the bakery while she has new competition kept me rooting for her. Light-hearted fun.
Scoring: 4

Christmas Camp (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Lily Anne Harrison and Bobby Campo

Synopsis: To get a big promotion, Hayley, an advertising executive who specializes in social media and all things hip, must land a toy company that is all about traditional Christmas as an account.

Review: This is a truly special and unique story.  Hayley is portrayed as having lost the meaning of Christmas and has to attend Christmas Camp but we see that she truly has the heart of Christmas.  As I watched the different characters, all of which are so likable, participate in Christmas activities I couldn't help but feel the Christmas spirit.  Christmas is presented as a way of feeling, loving, and giving, as opposed to simply traditions.  I can't wait to see it again.

Scoring: 5

The Christmas Candle (2013)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion

Starring: Hans Matheson

Synopsis: A pastor who has suffered a personal loss accepts a position in a town that believes in a Christmas miracle candle, which he strives to abolish.

Review:  I found this to be an uplifting story of faith and hope. It was well done with wonderful casting and settings. I will say that it has a strong religious tone that may make some people not like it. I believe it’s a wonderful feel-good story for the Christmas season. 

Scoring: 4

 

Christmas Caper (2007)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family

Starring: Shannen Doherty and Ty Olsson

Synopsis: After her latest job goes awry, a thief heads to her hometown in Connecticut to lay low over the Christmas holiday. Can the spirit of the holiday, combined with a stint babysitting her niece and nephew, rid her of her wicked ways?

Review:  I enjoyed this movie. As with so many, the children have some of the best scenes. Watching Cate try to manage boring suburbia and deal with her dilemma keeps the movie’s pace going and keeps your interest. 

Scoring: 3

 

The Christmas Card (2006)
Rated: G
Genres: Family, Religion, Romance
Starring: Ed Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans
Synopsis: A US soldier, Cody, visits the town from where an inspirational Christmas card was sent to him by Faith as part of a church group. On leave, Cody goes to Faith’s town. He happens to save her dad Luke from a serious car run-over. The Spellmans invite Cody home for dinner, then to stay through Christmas to help in the family logging firm. Vietnam vet Luke wants Cody as son-in-law, but although charmed, Faith still seems committed to rarely present fiancé Paul, a wine broker.
Review: This is by far one of my all-time favorites. It’s a beautiful story of love and family. We watch Faith grapple with her commitment to Paul and her feelings for Cody. We see the unity of Faith’s family and community and how important being there for others is to them. The Spellman family and the lovely place they live is idyllic.
Scoring: 5

A Christmas Carol (1984)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Starring: George C. Scott

Synopsis: Dickens’ London miser Scrooge meets Christmas ghosts.

Review: This is a typical telling of the classic story.  It almost feels more like a Jane Austen movie than the Dickens tale.  The acting is good but it’s exactly what you’d expect.  No surprises.  Well told tale.

Scoring: 3

A Christmas Carol (2000)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Ross Kemp 

Synopsis: A loan shark sees his past, present, and future after the spirit of his former partner visits him on Christmas Eve. 

Review:  It’s not a bad version but there are many I like better. It’s a modern day version of the story. Scrooge reliving Christmas Eve is a little like “Groundhog Day”. For me, it moves a little too slowly and I never quite got invested in it but I like how the end wrapped it up by showing us his happy life. 

 Scoring: 2

 

Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)

Rated: PG

Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Nicholas Cage, Simon Callow, Rhys Ifans, and Kate Winslet

Synopsis: Old bitter miser Ebenezer Scrooge who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Review: It’s a little bit darker at times than some of the other animated Christmas Carol movies, hence the PG rating. It’s still a true telling of the story and would be a good family movie. Children will especially appreciate the adorable mice.

Scoring: 3

A Christmas Carol (Disney’s-2009)

Rated: PG

Genres: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, and Robin Wright

Synopsis: An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.

Review: I think what surprised me the most about this movie was how scary some of it was.  Being a Disney film, I expected it to be for children.  I wouldn’t let younger children watch it before you preview it.  The animation effects are amazing and are truly interesting to see.  I’m not an expert on the Dicken’s book but this movie seemed to hold fairly true to the story.  If you like A Christmas Carol, you’ll enjoy this.

Scoring: 3

A Christmas Carol (2018)

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Stuart Brennan

Synopsis: A contemporary retelling of the timeless Dickens tale, given a Scottish make-over. It explores the transformation of Scrooge.

Review:  I’ve seen so many versions of A Christmas Carol I’m rarely surprised.  This movie surprised me.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from the best I’ve seen but it has a few differences from  the classic story that keep it interesting.  Bob Cratchit is a woman.  Instead of Tiny Tim being ill it’s Bob’s husband who has cancer.  All taking place in Scotland.  I did enjoy it.

Scoring: 3

Christmas Catch (2018)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Emily Alatalo and Lauren Holly

Synopsis: Detective Mackenzie Bennett is hot on the trail of Carson, a suspected diamond thief, and goes undercover to catch him in the act. While undercover, Mack not only falls for Carson, but begins to suspect that he's been framed. Are feelings clouding Mack's judgment or are they focusing on the wrong suspect?

Review:  Despite having all the qualities of a B-movie, this also has a fun love story and a surprise ending. It was really slow at first but all the moments that made it seem cheesy added up to what made a wonderful ending. 

Scoring: 3

 

The Christmas Chalet (2019)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Erica Durance and Robin Dunne

Synopsis: While at a chalet with her mother and daughter for the holidays, a woman meets a writer who despise Christmas. 

Review: A good film but there’s some adult content, like adultery and divorce, so you may not want to have young children watch it. The grandmother alone is worth watching for. She’s so funny. I laughed, I felt empathy, I felt happiness. There’s also Christmas. What more could you want?

Scoring: 3

Christmas Child (2004)

Rated: PG

Genre: Drama

Starring: William R. Moses 

Synopsis: A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.

Review:  I like the story, especially the ending, very much. That being said, there are points in the story where it slows and I start to lose interest but it’s worth hanging in there for. We get to see a man journey to find and understand his past in order to secure his future.

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Choir (2008)
Rated: NR
Genre: Drama
Starring: Jason Gedrick and Rhea Pearlman
Synopsis: Before Christmas, accountant and workaholic Peter Brockman is dumped by his fiancée, Jill. At a lounge, Peter meets the "volunteer" pianist/singer Bob, who works solely for tips. Bob invites Peter to his home for dinner which is a homeless shelter. Peter organizes a choir of the homeless men to give them a little extra pocket money.
Review: The fact that this is based on a true story heightens the emotional factor. There are multiple layers to the story. First there's Peter's transformation as he opens his eyes to others and changes his priorities. Second is Sister Agatha and her mission to help as many as she can while knowing she can't save everyone. Third is the stories and experiences of the men at the shelter. Finally, the combination of all those elements create a lovely mixture. It’s a magnificent look at the power of giving back and second chances.
Scoring: 4

The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Kurt Russell, Oliver Hudson, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Synopsis: The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

Review:  I’m not sure how to explain it. Slapstick seems like an understatement. It borders on ridiculous at times.  I really didn't like it at all the first time I watched it so I decided to give it a second chance.  It was still a little odd but I was able to appreciate the family and the children more.  Santa was still too quirky, ordinary and, well, human rather than magical.  A lot of people I know loved it.  Give it a shot and see how you feel.

Scoring: 1

 

 

The Christmas Clause (2008)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Lea Thompson
Synopsis: A stressed out lawyer and mother of three gets her yuletide wish when she wishes to see what her life would be like if she had chosen to pursue her career in law rather than marrying and becoming a working mother.
Review: While the basic plot isn’t new, I still enjoyed this version of it. A woman magically gets to see what would have happened if she took a different path. The ending isn't a surprise but it's presented in a light way that makes it an easy and relaxing watch.
Scoring: 3

The Christmas Club (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Family, Romance

Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell and Cameron Mathison

Synopsis: Two busy strangers meet when they help an elderly woman find her lost Christmas savings. Thanks to fate and Christmas magic, they also find something they were both missing, true love. 

Review: This movie has so much Christmas and Christmas magic. From traditions like baking cookies and a tree lighting to the $20 bills bringing people together and spreading cheer, it’s so uplifting. Mitchell and Mathison were perfectly cast for these roles. Watch for the ballet recital. 

Scoring: 4

Christmas Comes Home To Canaan (2011)
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Billy Ray Cyrus, Gina Holden, and Emily Tennant
Synopsis: In the sequel to Christmas in Canaan, Bobber needs extensive orthopedic surgery and physical therapy to recover from being hit by a car. Rodney has become a famous writer and offers to fly Daniel and Bobber to San Francisco and to pay for the surgery. Once in San Francisco, Daniel meets and falls for Briony, a physical rehabilitation specialist working with Bobber. When therapy progresses slowly, Bobber invites Briony to come home to Canaan to spend Christmas with the Burtons and continue his treatment. Briony is a natural at caring for a thriving family, but Sarah, Daniel's daughter distances herself not wanting to dishonor her late mother's memory, and a disastrous Christmas visit drives Daniel and Briony apart. In the soul searching that follows, Daniel finds the strength to open his heart again and invite love back into his life.
Review: The movie was very slow just as the first one was. It’s a moving story but you have to hang in there for those special moments. The underlying message isn't as strong or as emotional as the first movie but it's a good follow-up to tell us how the family progresses.
Scoring: 2

Christmas Comes To Willow Creek (1987)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: John Schneider, Tom Wopat, and Kim Delaney

Synopsis: Feuding brothers and teen son truck toys to Alaska. 

Review:  At first, I didn’t think this movie would be much. Between the age of it and it starring the two stars of “Dukes of Hazzard” I started out expecting to be bored. Turns out it’s an amazing movie. The story is phenomenal and it even has a little Christmas magic. The way the story unfolds allows you to get lost in it. 

Scoring: 4

 

Christmas Connection (2017)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Brooke Burns and Tom Everett Scott
Synopsis: Flight attendant Sydney is tasked with looking after Leah, an eight-year-old unaccompanied minor flying back to Chicago after visiting family. Sydney is charmed by the little girl and makes an instant connection with her. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Jonathan, Sydney finds a package Leah left behind. Sydney delivers the gift back to Leah and gets invited to join in some fun, family Christmas festivities. When Sydney misses her connection, she is stuck for a few days. Grounded from her jet-setting ways, Sydney bumps into Leah and Jonathan who invite her spend the holidays with them - showing Sydney the value of a staying put long enough to fall in love.
Review: A lovely story about finding yourself and love. The relationships of the characters show depth and Sydney's search for answers adds a beautiful layer to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a little expected but it's so entertaining I didn’t mind.
Scoring: 4
Christmas Consultant (2012)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: David Hasselhoff and Caroline Rhea
Synopsis: A sought-after holiday consultant is hired by a workaholic mother to get her family through the holidays.
Review: A funny group of characters and situations, lots of Christmas traditions, and a moving, unexpected, but happy ending had me really enjoying this movie.
Scoring: 4

The Christmas Contract (2018)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Danneel Ackles, Hilarie Burton, Bruce Boxleitner, Cheryl Ladd, Jason London, and Jordan Ladd

Synopsis: A recently-single woman dreads the thought of going back to her home town in Louisiana for Christmas when she finds out her ex-boyfriend will be there with his new girlfriend.

Review:  This movie started out quite blah. It was awkward and a little boring. I’m glad I stuck with it. As it went on, I started to like it more and more and I got sucked into the story. Very charming. I’d like to see it again next year. 

Scoring: 3

Christmas Cookies (2016)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Jill Wagner and Wes Brown
Synopsis: A corporate agent is sent to a small town to buy a cookie company and shut down its factory. When she starts falling in love with the factory’s owner, the town’s Christmas spirit overtakes her.
Review: Like the name suggests, the movie is as sweet as the cookies. Every character is kind and you want everyone to be happy. Seeing the role the community plays in the bakery and each other's lives makes it charming. It’s a fun ride to the happy ending.
Scoring: 4
The Christmas Cottage (2017)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Merritt Patterson, Steve Lund, and Brittney Wilson
Synopsis: As maid of honor for her best friend Ava, cynical interior designer Lacey is tasked with decorating a honeymoon cottage for the newlyweds. Although it’s a simple enough task, she didn’t plan on being snowed in with the bride-to-be’s sexy brother.
Review: No surprises here. At times it feels too predictable and it affects the movie. But still, we get the lighthearted romance and Christmas spirit we love.
Scoring: 3

Christmas Coupon (2019)

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Courtney Mathews and Aaron Noble

Synopsis: Alison Grant begins teaching ice skating students on a friend's frozen pond after being fired from her rink job. On the first day of class her old high school sweetheart and now famous hockey player, Ivan Hall, unexpectedly shows up when he brings his niece for her skating lessons. While an initially cold reunion ensues, eventually Alison warms up to Ivan again.

Review: Sadly, this movie is slow and predictable.  It has all the makings of a good movie.  With a little extra oomph and adding some more emotion and it would be something.  The story skips over possible dramatic moments and the characters are superficial and don’t demonstrate the emotional depth necessary.

Scoring: 1

Christmas Crash (2009)

Rated: NR

Genres: Adventure, Drama

Starring: Michael Madden and Brendan Penny

Synopsis: An unhappily married couple reconnect after surviving a plane crash.

Review:  The only thing the movie truly offers is beautiful scenery. Other than that, it is predictable and not in a good way. There’s arguing and a crash. Surprise. The movie seems so slow it's almost difficult to sit through.

Scoring: 1

 

Christmas Crime Story (2017)

Rated: TV-MA

Genre: Drama

Starring: Adrian Paul and Eric Close

Synopsis: A botched Christmas Eve robbery leads to disaster for a group of strangers. 

Review: The story keeps jumping around in the timeline.  I can’t decide if that took away from the movie or if it was what keep me so riveted.  It was like a putting a puzzle together starting in the middle rather than the edges.  You slowly start to see how the stories are related.  I won’t give away the ending but it changed the meaning of the whole movie.  I was engaged the whole time and wanted to keep watching.

Scoring: 3

A Christmas Cruise (2017)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Jessica Morris, Kristoff St. John,

Synopsis: When her best friend invites her along on a holiday-themed sail, an aspiring novelist unexpectedly finds the love of her life onboard.

Review:  There’s something sweet about the way this love story enfolds. It’s not the best Christmas movie I’ve seen but it’s worth checking out. 

Scoring: 3

Christmas Crush AKA Holiday High School Reunion (2012)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance

Starring: Rachel Boston, Jonathan Bennett, Marilu Henner, and Harry Hamlin

Synopsis: When a woman learns of her high school reunion a week before Christmas, she's ecstatic to finally have her chance to win back the one "that got away".

Review:  I found this to be very uncomfortable to watch. It’s got awkward situations and it seems to take forever to get to the point. The cast is good and there are redeeming scenes. It’s worth a try. 

Scoring: 3

 

Christmas Crush (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Paul Constable, Robin Dunne, Cindy Sampson and Erica Deutschman

Synopsis: When Addie makes a Christmas wish for her neighbor, Sam, to fall in love with her, she’s not expecting anything to happen-and she definitely isn’t expecting the wish to go awry and cause her other neighbor, Pete, to fall in love with her instead.

Review: The story is so far beyond reality it’s a little kooky.  I enjoyed the acting, except for Pete who acted like a clown.  As bizarre as it was, I actually enjoyed it.  File this under the guilty pleasure category. 

Scoring: 2

Christmas Cupcakes (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: Cindy Busby and Erin Karpluk

Synopsis: Two sisters enter a TV baking contest in a last-ditch effort to save the family bakery.

Review: This movie is so disappointing.  The characters are either bad or good, no in-between.  It feels fictional rather than real and relatable.  The baking contest host and judges are like caricatures of people.  There was real potential here with this story.  Too bad it wasn’t realized.

Scoring: 2

Christmas Cupid (2010)
Rated: TV-14
Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Christina Milian, Ashley Benson, Chad Michael Murray, Jackée Harry, and Burgess Jenkins
Synopsis: Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client, Caitlin, dies. Caitlin immediately becomes Sloane's own personal "Jacob Marley" (the Christmas Carol ghost) ushering in the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future - all in the guises of Sloane's former boyfriends. Sloane finds out first hand that her unethical ways and workaholic habits need to change and that reuniting with one of the past lovers whom she jilted may be the answer for a happy-ever-after life.
Review: This movie is just plain fun and a little silly. Having an actress, who is a ghost, with a drink in her hands at all times is funny but it makes it enjoyable. It has the typical getting your priorities straight storyline but that didn't diminish its humor or my enjoyment.
Scoring: 3

Christmas Cupid’s Arrow (2018)

Rated: PG

Genres: Romance

Starring: Elisabeth Harnois, Jonathan Togo, and Chad Michael Collins

Synopsis: Holly, a single college professor, signs up for an online dating service, but begins to grow suspicious when the guy's beautifully-written texts don't match his actions.

Review:  This movie starts out slow. I really wasn’t interested. I’m glad I hung in there. It’s a modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Worth watching. 

Scoring: 3

 

The Christmas Cure (2017)
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Brooke Nevin, Steve Byers, and Patrick Duffy
Synopsis: A doctor returns home for Christmas to find that her father has decided to retire from his own practice. After reuniting with her high school sweetheart, she wonders if she should stay and take over her father's practice.
Review: I loved this story. It had so many moving moments. An ideal family, the one that got away, patients, and more, contribute to making this a feel-good movie. I wish every town had a doctor like this.
Scoring: 4

Christmas Curfew (2013)

Rated: TV-MA

Genre: Family

Starring: Tracey Birdsall

Synopsis: A young adult brother and sister get grounded at Christmas so they find ways to sneak out.

Review: I’m having trouble coming up with an adjective to accurately describe how awful this movie was.  The plot, the writing, the filming, the editing, all of it.  It’s beyond boring, it’s dreadful.

Scoring: 1