Each movie listed includes: 

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

 

 Click on the pictures to pin them on Pinterest for later.

A Mermaid For Christmas (2019)

Rated: NR

Genres: Fantasy, Romance 

Starring: Kyle Lowder, Jessica Morris, and Arianne Zucker

Synopsis: Filled with warmth, humor, whimsy, and just a touch of magic, It combines classic Christmas themes with an escapist fantasy element that only a mermaid can provide.

Review: Completely over the top story and acting and yet the silliness just makes it fun. It was, at times, stupid. Overall, it’s one I wasn’t glued to and I won’t watch again but it wasn’t horrible to see once. The fact that there’s a mermaid isn’t even the oddest part of it. 

Scoring: 2

Merry & Bright (2019)

Rated: G

Genre: Romance

Starring: Jodie Sweetin and Andrew Walker

Synopsis: Cate, CEO of the Merry and Bright Candy Cane Company, meets Gabe, who works for Empire Corporate Recovery, which has been hired to  find ways to make the company more profitable. As Cate and Gabe begin to work together, they find ways to elevate the business and find that they have more in common than savvy business sense.

Review: Sweetin and Walker are delightful as always.  The movie doesn’t offer many surprises but it offers a good love story and some funny side stories.  I especially liked that it gave us a solid ending.  I wasn’t that surprised at how she chose to expand the company, as I was wanting to yell it to her from the beginning, but I was worried she wouldn’t get there.  It’s a nice sweet movie.

Scoring: 3

Merry Christmas, Baby! (2016)

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Malinda Williams and Karon Riley

Synopsis: Marci throws herself into preparing for Christmas and building her new event-planning business. But when the business gets off to a rocky start and members of her family face their own hardships, Marci steps up to help everyone have a good holiday.

Review:  The fourth movie in the series continues the Chandler family adventures. It has the same feel and meaning behind it as the first three. It would be better enjoyed if you watch the whole series in order.  It's worth it.

Scoring: 3

A Merry Christmas Match (2019)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Ashley Newbrough and Kyle Dean Massey

Synopsis: Corey who works in her mom's antique shop, puts on a Christmas pageant in honor of her late father. When a man named Ryder visits her store, she wonders if she should have left town to follow her dream of becoming a theater director.

Review: This movie has so many special aspects to it.  You know it will have a happy ending but there are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing how it will happen.  The characters are varied and interesting.  I was completely invested in the story from the beginning.  Could it use a little spice?  Sure, but that might ruin what’s great about it.

Scoring: 4

Merry Ex-mas (2014)

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Kristy Swanson, Dean Cain, Lochlyn Munro, and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe

Synopsis: During a blizzard at Christmas, a man becomes snowbound with ex-wife, her wealthy suitor, his former mother-in-law, and his daughter.

Review:  Just no. It’s so negative and awkward and just uncomfortable to watch. It’s the opposite of what a feel-good movie is. 

Scoring: 1

A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014)

Rated: PG-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Candace Bergen, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Oliver Platt, and Robin Williams

Synopsis: Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Review:  First, this is NOT for children. Second, it’s hysterical. I haven’t laughed out loud that many times during a movie for a long time. It has its moments where you’re waiting for something to happen but they’re worth sitting through. 

Scoring: 4

 

Merry In-Laws (2012)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring: George Wendt, Shelley Long, and Lucas Bryant

Synopsis: A recently engaged woman plans a get-together so her parents can meet her fiancé's family. It turns out that his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Review:  At times too at odds with itself, like the Clauses vs. non-believing parents, but Long and Wendt are fantastic. They make the movie special. You’ll want them for your family. 

Scoring: 3

Merry Kissmas (2015)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Karissa Lee Staples, Brant Daugherty, and David O’Donnell
Synopsis: Unwinding her relationship from a controlling choreographer, Kayla happens to take an elevator ride with lonesome caterer Dustin. The elevator stalls, and spontaneously, magical kisses follow. Soon the choreographer makes nice, and Dustin retreats. Kayla becomes confused as to which man to love.
Review:  I found this movie to be so-so. It’s very predictable and David O’Donnell’s bad accent (and his character’s bad behavior) make it even worse. I liked it enough to sit through it but I won’t be watching it again. 
Scoring: 1
 

Merry Liddle Christmas (2019)

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Kelly Rowland and Debbi Morgan

Synopsis: This story of a woman trying to get her dysfunctional family to look picture perfect for the holidays, who falls in love with her neighbor amidst the chaos.

Review: This movie was so-so. It felt like each storyline and character was a shortened version. Nothing was every truly delved into it resolved including the kids ordering tons of expensive things. Not bad for a one time watch but not one I’d watch again. 

Scoring: 2

Merry Matrimony (2015)
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Jessica Lowndes and Christopher Russell
Synopsis: An ad exec for a fashion magazine lands her dream assignment to organize the perfect Christmas wedding. Just one thing. The photographer she's been partnered with is her ex-boyfriend. She's got to bring her A game, while working through unresolved feelings.
Review:  A sweet romance about the one that got away and what happens if he’s back. We get to watch as they plan a beautiful dream Christmas wedding. 
Scoring: 3
 

Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)

Rated: G

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Starring: N/A

Synopsis: Mickey and all his friends hold their own Christmas party at the House of Mouse, after being snowed in.

Review:  This is a movie for younger children who still enjoy the simplicity  of Mickey Mouse stories.  They’ll enjoy the various characters who appear at the party.  When they get snowed in Mickey decides to entertain everyone with videos of short stories.  This is one I think will bore most adults.

Scoring: 3

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (1999)

Rated: G

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: Kelsey Grammer

Synopsis: A Christmas themed, three-part anthology-style video. The first part, "Donald Duck: Stuck on Christmas", is essentially a retelling of Groundhog Day (1993), with Huey, Dewey, and Louie reliving Christmas ad infinitum. Next is "A Very Goofy Christmas", in which Goofy tries to overcome his son's skepticism about Santa Claus. Finally, "Mickey & Minnie's Gift Of The Magi" recreate the classic tale of ironic Christmas selflessness. 

Review: This is a movie for young children.  The stories are good but not told in a way to be of much interest for adults.  There are good topics for family conversations.

Scoring: 3

Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas (2004)

Rated: G

Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family

Starring: N/A

Synopsis: In this sequel to Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, Mickey and friends gather again to discover the true joys of Christmas.

Review: Like the first movie, this is best for young children.  Older children and adults may not enjoy it as much.  The stories have a silliness that appeals to the younger Mickey fans.

Scoring: 3

Midnight Clear (2006)

Rated: PG-13

Genre: Drama

Starring: Stephen Baldwin

Synopsis: The lives of an unemployed divorcee, his suicidal mother, and a couple, intersect during Christmastime. 

Review:  This movie is so dark and dreary. Unfortunately, it’s also horribly slow and boring. It was painful to have to sit through. 

Scoring: 1

 

A Midnight Kiss (2018)

Rated: G

Genres: Romance

Starring: Adelaide Kade and Carlos PenaVega 

Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, party planners land the biggest job in their company’s history; a New Year’s Eve party for a tech entrepreneur. 

Review:  Hallmark had this as a Christmas movie and the beginning of the movie is at Christmastime but most of it is about planning the party. It’s a sweet romcom that’s different than the typical one. Even though you know the kiss is coming it’s still moving. 

Scoring: 3

Mingle All The Way (2018)

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Jen Lilley, Lindsay Wagner, and April Telek

Synopsis: "Mingle All the Way" is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly, founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app, and meets another busy professional, Jeff. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

Review:  This is very much like Hitched For The Holidays. Just add an app and make the people a little more Christmas movie-ish instead of every day relatable. It did have all the wonderful aspects of a Hallmark Christmas love story with a modern-day technology twist.

Scoring: 3

 

Miracle At Christmas: Ebbie’s Story AKA Ebbie (1995)
Rated: NR
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Susan Lucci and Wendy Crewson 
Synopsis: In this updated retelling of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," ruthless business-woman and shopping store owner Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge is taught the true spirit of Christmas by three Spirits who visit her.
Review:  A very interesting and modern take on the classic. If you can get past believing Susan Lucci as a teenager, you’ll like this story.  The store employees being the Christmas ghosts is a nice touch.  The ghosts are so over-the-top  it's really fun.
Scoring: 4

Miracle At Sage Creek (2005)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family

Starring: David Carradine

Synopsis: Two families overcome prejudice and tragedy in 1888 Wyoming when a special Christmas miracle saves the life of a small boy.

Review: Wow.  I thought it would be great to have a western-themed Christmas movie.  It’s just boring.  It feels like it starts mid-story, the effects are bad, and a lot of the acting is over the top.  It’s just not worth watching.

Scoring: 1

Miracle Maker (2015)

Rated: NR

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion

Starring: Brian Krause and Jake Stormoen

Synopsis: Woodhaven, a tiny town on the edge of the American frontier, needs a Christmas miracle and it may have arrived in the form of a ragged traveler.

Review: While the religious message is not overt, it runs throughout the movie.  From acts of kindness to forgiveness to the metaphor of planting seeds.  It’s slow but well done with a lovely feel to it.

Scoring: 3

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)
Rated: NR
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, and Natalie Wood
Synopsis: Doris Walker, a no-nonsense Macy's executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he's the real Santa Claus. But he has many skeptics like Doris and her six-year-old daughter, Susan. So, Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus?
Review:  I love this movie.  Besides seeing the difference in how movies were done back then, it shows a strong single mother and a daughter who wants desperately to believe. The movie is not as sentimental to me as the remake but just as lovely. 
Scoring: 5

The Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Macdonald Carey

Synopsis: One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by announcing that he is not merely a make-believe St. Nick, but the real McCoy.

Review:  This is pretty much exactly the same as the 1947 movie but shorter and missing the magic of the other movies. It’s like a Cliff’s Notes version of the story. The actors aren’t bad it’s just missing the parts of the story that allow you to feel Christmas and the beauty of their relationships. 

Scoring: 2

Miracle On 34th Street (1994)
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, and Mara Wilson
Synopsis: A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in.
Review:  I love this movie as much, if not more, than the original. They’ve made it current while preserving the story’s essence. Susan’s way of speaking as an adult is precious. When Santa is on trial and they show “I Believe” signs I always tear up. This is something special. 
Scoring: 5

A Miracle On Christmas Lake (2016)

Rated: TV-14

Genres: Family, Fantasy, Religion

Starring: Will Sasso, Kristian Wang, and Siobhan Williams

Synopsis: A teenager heads to the pond where he and his best friend, now deceased, used to play hockey together. He’s shocked to discover a magical, perfectly groomed rink, which only appears at night in his presence. 

Review:  The story unfolds slowly, sometimes too slowly, but with drama and feeling. I was really invested in the story and the characters.  Children most likely won’t be able to follow the story but teens will. It’s a beautiful story about recovering from loss and finding Christmas joy again. 

Scoring: 3