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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Radio Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Keshia Knight Pulliam and Michael Xavier

Synopsis: When her Philadelphia radio station is closed for repairs during the holidays, DJ Kara Porter is forced to broadcast from the small town of Bethlehem.

Review:  This movie is very sappy.  In the beginning it made it harder to watch but as it went on the sappiness was worth it.  I love the community togetherness under the theme no deed too small.  Everything we do is meaningful.  The search for secret Santa added another layer to the story.  Truly the Christmas spirit.

Scoring: 3

Random Acts of Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Erin Cahill, Kevin McGarry, Jaclyn Smith, and Patrick Duffy

Synopsis: While uncovering who is behind the random acts of Christmas popping up around her city, an investigative journalist meets a competing reporter who captures her heart.

Review: This is a cute romance.  I like the Secret Santa and all the Christmas spirit.  It's enjoyable.  Cahill and McGarry make a good duo.  The only downside is I felt like every time they'd be doing something that feels like Christmas, it would veer to the journalism.  As the movie went on the two worked together better.

Scoring:3

The Real St. Nick

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance 

Starring: Torrey DeVitto and Callard Harris

Synopsis: A pretty psychiatrist is saved from an accident by a man who, after hitting his head on a rock, believes he is Santa Claus. As she nurses him back to health at her institute, he brings the spirit of Christmas to the hospital.

Review:  Despite the glaring “this would never happen in real life” moments, I liked it. Dr. Bryant is kind and Nick reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas. I even loved the ending. 

Scoring: 3

 

Recipe For A Perfect Christmas 
Rated: PG 
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance 
Starring: Christine Baranski, Carly Pope, and Bobby Cannavale
Synopsis: A newly appointed food critic finds her life turned upside down when her uninhibited mother arrives unannounced at Christmas. Desperate to offload her, she enlists the help of a young chef, with surprising results.
Review:  Baranski will keep you entertained as will her mother-daughter relationship. It’s reflects the way we change roles with our parents over the years. You’ll root for Cannavale. Fun movie with heart. 
Scoring: 4

The Ref

Rated: R

Genres: Comedy, Family 

Starring: Dennis Leary, Judy Davis, and Christine Baranski

Synopsis: A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

Review:  One of the funniest movies I’ve seen. The characters, dialogue, and Christmas traditions are quite unique. Between the couple fighting over everything, the St. Lucia wreaths, and the kids enjoying tying up and gagging their grandmother, I couldn’t stop laughing. 

Scoring: 5

 

Rent An Elf

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Kim Shaw and Sean Patrick Thomas

Synopsis: Ava owns Rent-An-Elf, a business in which she sets up Christmas for busy families. This year she’s hired by newly single Liam and falls for him and his adorable son Nathan. But just as Ava thinks she’s found her match, Liam’s ex-wife returns. 

Review:  I liked all the Christmas in this movie. I had the ending figured out but they managed a few twists and turns along the way. It was fun to watch and I want to be a Rent-An-Elf. 

Scoring: 3

Return To Christmas Creek

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Tori Anderson, Steven Weber, Stephen Huszar, and Kari Matchett

Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Amelia, a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike and her estranged uncle Harry, whose mysterious rift with Amelia's father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. On Christmas Eve, disappointed by her family's continued fighting, Amelia prepares to return to Chicago but just as she's about to leave, she feels a burst of inspiration that just might turn things around and help her finally restore family peace and embrace romance as love prepares to take flight for Christmas.

Review:  It’s a charming movie but the events unfold so slowly it’s hard to remain interested as they do. If you can hang in there it’s a sweet story. 

Scoring: 3

Reunited At Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Nikki Deloach and Mike Defaiola

Synopsis: Frazzled and struggling with writer's block, novelist Samantha, along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother's home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother's wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement.

Review:  This movie was refreshingly different. It deals with the issue of divorce and how it affects the children as adults. It’s very relatable and current and yet has the same sweetness as Hallmark’s other Christmas movies. 

Scoring: 3

Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish 
Rated: G
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy 
Starring: David Gallagher, Eugene Levy, Martin Mull, Marla Maples, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Leslie Ann Warren
Synopsis: After getting blamed for spoiling Christmas, the richest kid in the world wishes he'd never been born. Unfortunately, a wishing machine, invented by professor Keenbean, picked up the wish and made it come true. Now Richie finds himself in a parallel world where his only hope is to find professor Keenbean and the wishing machine so he can wish things back to normal.
Review:  I found the movie silly, slow, and borderline boring, watch.  It’s like a children’s version of Its A Wonderful Life minus the angels and any real depth. Richie does go on adventures and there are other children helping him. I think this movie is meant for children. 
Scoring: 1

Rise Of The Guardians

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy 

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, and Jude Law

Synopsis: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imaginations of children all over the world.

Review:  While not about Christmas it does include Santa and Jack Frost. Seeing the mythical figures we grew up with unite for a purpose was original and fun. I enjoyed it but I think children will like it even more.

Scoring: 3

The Road Home For Christmas

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Romance

Starring: Marla Sokoloff, Rob Mayes, and Marie Osmond

Synopsis: Two rival musicians, Lindsay and Wes who perform in a dueling piano show, suddenly find themselves without a gig on Christmas Eve and decide to road trip to their neighboring hometowns together.

Review: This love story is done so well with a lot of help from Sokoloff and Mayes.  The only parts I didn’t care for was there singing, because it was like lip-synching, and Marie Osmond.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore Osmond, but her part of the story was like pausing the real story.  It was a distraction from the emotion of the romance.  Despite that, this is one I will watch again because the rest is so good.

Scoring: 3

Road To Christmas AKA My Three Wise Men

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Jesse Schram, Chad Michael Murray, and Teryl Rothery 

Synopsis: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker unwittingly falls for Danny Wise, the son and former producer of his mother's popular annual Christmas special, Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie's secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

Review:  I loved this movie!  The plot is original and layered. The characters and their relationships are relatable. It includes wonderful Christmas traditions and a charming love story. 

Scoring: 4

The Road To Christmas 

Rated:  PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family 

Starring: Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg

Synopsis: High-powered fashion photographer Claire Jameson finds herself stranded in middle America on the way to her dream Christmastime wedding in Aspen. Unable to get another flight or rent a car, Claire is reduced to begging for a ride. When the rugged former artist-turned-teacher Tom Pullman and his 13-year old daughter Hilly kindly offer to take her, none of them realize that their journey is just beginning, and it will leave them all in a place very different from where they began.

Review:  I believe that knowing the two leads are married in real life made this movie less enjoyable for me. It’s hard to get lost in a story when the actors keep bringing you back to reality. Other than that, I found it to be fairly bland and one I didn’t mind seeing once but wouldn’t want to watch again. 

Scoring: 2

Rock N’ Roll Christmas (aka A Christmas Comeback)

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Family, Musical

Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart and Beverley Mitchell

Synopsis: An estranged mother/daughter country music duo reunite after 10 years apart to release a Christmas single after a video of them goes viral. Now, they're going to need a lot of forgiveness and a little Christmas magic to write a song that perfectly captures the spirit of Christmas and brings their family back together.

Review: This movie is okay.  It’s just missing that special something.  The story is superficial and doesn’t really get into the emotions of the characters.  There’s too many times when the music seems like a filler rather than an important part of the story.  With all that, there’s still enough to make it okay but it wouldn’t be my first choice to watch.

                                                    Scoring: 2

Rocky Mountain Christmas 
Rated: NR
Genres: Romance 
Starring: Kristoffer Polaha, Lindy Booth, and Treat Williams
Synopsis: Sarah Davis heads to her uncle's struggling ranch to escape New York and the spotlight from a recent breakup. Returning home for the first time since her aunt passed, complications arise when Graham, an entitled Hollywood star, arrives at the ranch to prepare for his next film. As Sarah and Graham start to bond, Sarah may get more for Christmas than she bargained for.
Review:  Another sweet Hallmark movie but it has something special. There’s so many situations going on and you keep hoping everyone gets what they want and need. 
Scoring: 3
Romance At Reindeer Lodge
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Romance 
Starring: Nicky Whelan, Josh Kelly, and Robert Pine
Synopsis: Molly and Jared have sworn off partaking in holiday activities, but find themselves at a Christmas themed ranch with no flights available to leave. Eventually, they find romance, and the spirit of Christmas revived in them again.
Review:  I was very hopeful at the beginning of the movie but it fell flat. The only thing that kept me watching was waiting for the reindeer. There are some funny and some sweet moments but too many blah moments in between. Okay for watching once but I won’t watch again. UPDATE: I watched the movie again.  I enjoyed it a little more.  The relationships were more interesting than I remembered.  It still isn't my favorite by I'd recommend seeing it once to judge for yourself.
Scoring: 2

The Rooftop Christmas Tree 

Rated: NR

Genres: Family, Romance 

Starring: Stephen Huszar, Michelle Morgan, and Tim Reid

Synopsis: It's Christmas and once again, Dale Landis places a tree on his roof and ends up in court. No one in the small town knows why he continues the practice, but idealistic attorney, Sarah Wright is determined to give Mr. Landis his Christmas wish and keep him out of jail. Judge Conner has different ideas when he puts Sarah and aggressive prosecutor John Keaton together to figure out the mystery behind the rooftop Christmas tree. The two must come together to find a solution and in the end find out more not only about Mr. Landis, but about each other. 

Review:  This movie has all the makings of the perfect feel-good Christmas movie except one, keeping my attention. It’s heartwarming, shows the true meaning of love, the true spirit of Christmas, it’s original, and it’s based on a true story. I think a lot of people will love this. It just dragged for me. 

Scoring: 3

A Rose For Christmas
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Romance 
Starring: Marc Bendavid and Rachel Boston
Synopsis: Andy is a passionate artist, whose family has been building Rose Parade floats for generations. When her Dad gets sick, Andy is forced to take the helm and supervise the construction and decoration of their client's float. To make matters worse, she's saddled with the extra challenge of dealing with demanding businessman Cliff whose company commissioned the float.
Review:  The title of this movie is misleading. While they do decorate during the Christmas season and we see them celebrate Christmas it’s all about the float. That being said, it’s an endearing movie with characters that I really enjoyed. 
Scoring: 3
 
Rosemont
Rated: TV-14
Genre: Drama 
Starring: Lochlyn Munro, Michael Gross, and Grace Zabriski
Synopsis: In a blizzard five days before Christmas, Lisa, pregnant, and Brad, meet. They get caught in the blizzard and seek shelter at Rosemont, formerly a resort. The owner, Josephine, now lives as a recluse with Abe, the caretaker. Reluctantly Josephine agrees to take them in. Over the next several days the lives of these four people are transformed. A growing connection between Josephine and Lisa gradually brings Josephine - and Rosemont - back to life.
Review:  It is a very slow go but once you realize the story you can’t help but be invested in the stories of the characters. 
Scoring: 3
 
A Royal Christmas 
Rated: G
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance 
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Stephen Hagan, and Jane Seymour
Synopsis: Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of Cordinia, wishes to marry his young love Emily Taylor, a humble seamstress from Philadelphia. But Leopold's mother, Queen Isadora has other plans for her son.
Review:  Of course, Emily doesn’t know Leo is actually Prince Leopold until he needs to go home and asks her to come with him. Emily struggles with loving the man she knew as Leo and being who Prince Leopold’s girlfriend needs to be. A modern fairy tale with the required happy ending. 
Scoring: 4

A Royal Christmas Ball

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Romance 

Starring: Tara Reid and Ingo Rademacher

Synopsis: Dateless for the Christmas ball, 39-year-old bachelor King Charles of Baltamia tracks down his American college sweetheart only to discover that she has never married but raised a 17-year-old daughter who mathematically might be his biological princess. 

Review:  I’ll admit that Tara Reid being the star had me going in with low expectations but I was right. The story is a bad copy of “What A Girl Wants”. It might have been okay but Reid’s acting was horrible. It really ruined it. 

Scoring: 1

Runaway Christmas Bride

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance 

Starring: Cindy Busby and Travis Milne

Synopsis: Kate is standing at the altar, when the groom, Alex, reveals a devastating family secret. Hurt and shocked by this betrayal, Kate leaves him at the altar. Needing time to heal, Kate goes on her honeymoon at a ski resort. At the resort she meets Jason, an Olympic downhill ski hopeful. Just when she thought she'd never love again, Kate and Jason get to know each other, and there is a mutual attraction. As things start to heat up between them, Alex and his family show up. Will Kate learn to finally make her own decisions or will she always just be the Runaway Christmas Bride?

Review:  It’s a typical Christmas movie with beautiful snowy mountains as the backdrop. There are a few twists and turns but nothing too surprising. I did like Kate’s hotel roommates. Don’t worry. No spoilers.  The movie is fun to watch. 

Scoring: 3