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Miracle on 34th Street Reviews

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December 10, 2019
The well-rounded characters, scene-stealing performances, lovely lighting, and lush costumes combine to place the 1994 Miracle on 34th Street in the top tier of must-watch Christmas movies.
October 23, 2018
When [it] remembers that it's supposed to be a sweet piece of hokum, when it has the wit to leave Attenborough and Wilson on the screen together and forget about its rash of putative improvements, it does offer well-scrubbed family fare.
October 23, 2018
Although the film as a whole is a much more glamorous affair, and Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins as her mother are undoubtedly charming, it does lack some of the magic of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2018
This curiously depressing remake of Miracle on 34th Street epitomizes contemporary Hollywood's inability to bring style and originality to the kind of family comedies it once produced with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 23, 2018
Richard Attenborough positively sparkles in the role of the mysterious Kriss Kringle, giving a restrained and genuinely sweet performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2018
While some will scoff at the idea of a remake of the original film, this is a fairly enjoyable version of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
October 23, 2018
As remakes go, this one is a moderately satisfying big-screen event for holiday family viewing . . . though I would heartily recommend renting the original instead.
December 31, 2017
The sanitised setting may generate a Yuletide glow, but it gives a hollow, even cynical ring to the film's championship of faith, hope and charity, sweetness and light.
November 30, 2017
Like Attenborough's beard, the new film lacks the buoyancy of its model. Like so many remakes, it is caught between craven homage and uneasy reinvention. And for a celebration of the Christmas spirit, it is oddly gloomy.
July 6, 2010
The overall effect is enjoyable and cuddly like a warm fire on a cold night. It also harkens back to a bygone, simpler time.
December 1, 2008
This retelling is loving and gentle and lit like a 1940s musical.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 4, 2005
If this doesn't get you into the holiday spirit, may all of your presents be fruitcakes. (published 12-2-94)
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B-
January 5, 2004
The best version.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 12, 2003
While [this] version of the Christmas spirit on trial as written by John Hughes isn't awful, it's also more disappointing than Seaton's take nearly half a century earlier.
July 21, 2003
Was this absolutely necessary?
| Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2003
The new Miracle on 34th Street, produced by John Hughes and written by him with George Seaton, is a dull project that makes only cosmetic changes in the original.
May 20, 2003
This well-cast new version provides today's young movie-goers with a version of their own -- albeit not quite as innocent and gentle as the 1947 incarnation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2003
A palid remake that misses the point of the story. Stick with the original!
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 1, 2003
Decent remake that goes on far too long.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 30, 2002
Pays tribute to Santa Claus, a figure who stands for the grace, mystery and wonder available during the Christmas season.
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