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The Christmas Chronicles

The Christmas Chronicles

2018
Comedy
Family/Kids
1h 44m
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. (imdb)
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The Christmas Chronicles

2018
Comedy
Family/Kids
1h 44m
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Rated 22 Dec 2018
75
69th
One of the wildest Christmas movies I've ever seen and very funny Favorite scene when the elves attack a gang of thugs Kurt Russell gives a good performance and it was nice seeing Goldie Hawn in a brief cameo
Rated 23 Dec 2018
45
21st
A goofy "save Christmas" adventure for kids that never strays far from the safe and expected formula, but also isn't overly annoying, making it a mostly inoffensive mixed bag. While Kurt Russell as Santa Claus is pretty decent (with a couple of genuinely funny moments)...the musical number needlessly thrown into the middle of the film is just atrocious.
Rated 30 Nov 2018
65
34th
It's a cheesy, predictable Christmas movie, but it's definitely good for the genre. Kurt Russell makes for an amazing Santa - this is a pretty unique take on the character and mythology too. I loved seeing Santa's workshop and the imaginative vision of the inside of his gift sack.
Rated 03 Dec 2018
60
50th
Likeable.
Rated 17 Feb 2019
72
41st
Russell puts a nice spin on the character, he really made it his own. I'd much rather him as Jack Burton or Snake Plisskin saving Christmas--imagine that. But this was a perfectly acceptable flick, even if it treads the same ground as a whole slew of other Christmas movies, some of which are already well entrenched into holiday traditions. That jail scene was pretty nuts/awesome.
Rated 13 Dec 2020
30
14th
All points are for Kurt Russell. The whole dead dad thing was a no go for me. I'll watch the second one purely because Julian Dennison is apparently in it. Oh yeah, Kurt Russell sang.
Rated 12 Dec 2020
61
25th
The Christmas Chronicles is inoffensive Xmas fluff that despite a few sweet moments leaves no lasting impression the second the credits role. Russell leads what (in days gone by) would be a TV movie in almost every aspect; mediocre acting, cheesy dialogue, a recently deceased parent as a cheap ploy for sympathy. The CGI is decent, though the elves were creepy. Definitely not a Xmas classic, nor a particularly good film, but fills it place as a new but familiar holiday film.
Rated 08 Dec 2018
4
23rd
Eh, it's a cute Christmas movie alright. The kids annoyed me and the CGI was trash, but it wasn't awful really, I'm sure kids would love it.
Rated 10 Dec 2019
65
83rd
{{ CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON - DAY 8 )) My man Kurt Russell shines as jolly St. Nick in this watchable Yuletide film. It has an Adventures in Babysitting vibe going on, (roaming the streets of Chicago, being brought to a chop shop by gang members, racing home before the mom arrives, impromptu concert) which makes since as it was produced by Chris Columbus. The film is at it's strongest whenever Russell is on screen, but there's some good Christmas magic throughout.
Rated 18 Dec 2019
65
11th
(To the tune of fairytale of New York) It was Christmas Chroniiiiclesss, And it was okay, I'll give it sixty fiveee, won't see it ever againn, It wasn't a bad film, Nor was it a great film, It made me look awayyy, And check my twitter feed, bla bla bla so happy Christmas!! Happy Christmas fellow Critickers. (Maybe watch home alone instead though!)
Rated 16 Dec 2018
65
20th
It really can't be stated just how perfect Kurt Russell is for the role. He is the one bright spot in an otherwise subpar movie. The biggest most glaring problem is the screenplay. A lot of the dialogue is absolutely cringeworthy. Still it's a rather charming movie, but mostly it feels like a missed opportunity with lots of potential left on the table.
Rated 28 Dec 2018
60
29th
Decent setup, but almost all the complexifying events are absurd or unreasonable. Only really worth it for Russell.
Rated 27 Dec 2018
80
54th
It's in the same vain as Home Alone and The Santa Clause so if you like those movies you'd probably enjoy this. It's very cheesy, predictable, and has too many pointless subplots that disappear almost as soon as they show up, but it's still rather likable and has the Christmas atmosphere. Plus Kurt Russell makes a pretty good Santa Claus.
Rated 03 Dec 2018
50
77th
Stupid and happy like a Christmas movie should be...
Rated 03 Jan 2020
73
65th
Only Kurt Russell makes this work. Which makes sense because it's a movie whose central idea is Kurt Russell as Santa Claus as Kurt Russell. This is a thing I needed. And that mid-movie full blown blues rock Christmas musical number with Kurt himself belting it out?? I needed that even more. Everything else in this movie is almost intentionally irrelevant. Except the elves. Those were a miserable misfire and I hated them. The elves were talking cats. Basically.
Rated 03 Dec 2020
57
45th
Like most people, I enjoyed Kurt Russell's performance. I wasn't that big of a fan of the rest of it though. For me, it was a one-and-done kind of film but my wife loved it so most likely I'll be watching it again.
Rated 24 Dec 2020
45
14th
Kurt is good, the film is not.
Rated 21 Dec 2020
55
54th
Kurt Russell makes an amazing Santa Claus lookalike in this family Christmas movie. The child actors are okay but all the other characters aren't great, except for Vella Lovell. The elves were cute at first, then resembled Gremlins in the garage. I saw the trailer for the sequel and I'm not looking forward to the overuse of CG. Fav scene: Santa speaking to a couple in Hindi and the guy replies, "I speak English, you _____."
Rated 25 Dec 2018
6
21st
A decent bit of entertainment. Not my favorite Santa-is-in-trouble-and-we're-helping-plus-Christmas-cheer-is-low movie, but fun nonetheless. Curt Russel is an excellent Santa.
Rated 04 Jan 2019
51
33rd
Watched it with my mom and had a good Christmas time though it's sort of a nothing movie.
Rated 24 Dec 2018
80
66th
Watched it on Christmas night. I loved it.
Rated 25 Nov 2018
64
40th
It's a bit too cutesy for its own good, but when it works, it works. Kurt Russell is a five-star Santa. It has the spirit of Christmas running all through with original delivery and an exciting fantastical story to go along with it. It has all the predictability of any old movie you'll watch this month, but come on. It's Christmas. What are the holidays for?
Rated 16 Dec 2018
73
37th
Kurt Russell does a fine job here in the lead role. The story is predictable but it has a lot of fun moments. This is a fun time waster that is good for the whole family for Christmas. Overall I would recommend this movie.
Rated 15 Dec 2018
29
20th
Cromulent Christmas viewing, apart from an ill-advised musical number.
Rated 09 Dec 2018
40
29th
Passable festive time-waster,
Rated 08 Dec 2018
60
44th
A very pleasant movie thanks to the catchy premise, a very good casting choice in Kurt Russell and some good laughs. The visuals are pretty good and the two kids (Judah Lewis and Darby Camp) rather convincing. Of course, it's also a very predictable, by-the-numbers film that's drenched in cliches and cheesiness. Expected that factor might be but had they toned it down a bit we could have had a new holiday classic.
Rated 04 Jan 2024
50
18th
good christmas film to get in the spirit
Rated 24 Jul 2019
70
32nd
Surprising entertaining •Ridiculous plot & events •Enjoyment will depend entirely on how much you like Kurt Russel & idea of him playing Santa-Elvis-Hero --- Crazy busy ? - hope to fill in review (in detail) when have time. For now just score & maybe notes. Hope everyone is well & watching good stuff ?
Rated 31 Dec 2020
70
71st
Very enjoyable
Rated 30 Mar 2021
62
20th
Meh
Rated 15 Dec 2021
30
5th
Kurt Russell as Santa Clause should be much cooler than he is in this film. What I wanted was a jolly version of Snake Pliskin or at the very least Jack Burton in a red suit instead of a singlet. But I don't blame Russell; the whole film is lame and internally inconsistent, and thus Lieberman and Guggenheim are at fault. It's predictable and preachy; the opening 'camcorder' scenes are nauseating in their fetishisation of the nuclear family. Although I must admit to liking the CGI reindeer.
Rated 05 Jan 2023
52
16th
Kurt Russell playing Santa Claus like an arrogant '80s action hero is the reason for the season. The rest is boilerplate Netflix content, sadly.
Rated 15 Dec 2021
74
82nd
I found it delightful.
Rated 28 Dec 2022
88
36th
I resisted this one for a few years, but it is a fun and good for the whole family Christmas movie.
Rated 23 Dec 2021
70
43rd
Going for a cool fun Santa instead of the standard jolly friendly one is an inspired choice. Kurt Russel really shines in the role. The movie does falter a bit when he's not on screen, especially during a the segment with CGI-elves that are more creepy than cute and funny. Still one of the better Christmas movies I saw this year (so far).
Rated 02 Jan 2022
71
72nd
I love a good story about Santa and it's so rare that they get it right. This one is definitely one of the best Christmas movies out there and I can recommend it wholeheartedly, especially if you want to see how the real Santa works in action. It's good for you and your family as well if you want to see a nice movie for Christmas.
Rated 18 Dec 2023
50
46th
Kurt Russell Santa is Best Santa.
Rated 26 Dec 2020
65
31st
This would've made my top 10 Christmas movies if not for the CGI elves and nauseating musical number
Rated 09 Dec 2020
3
43rd
A little too crazy for my taste but it works - maybe because Russell works... And besides that I especially liked the creativity in Santa's work place. *Recommendable
Rated 02 Dec 2020
61
22nd
It's an enjoyable enough night of but I simply had no patience for a swarm of CGI elves that had no agency or function beyond fixing things and looking cute. That's not completely true, one of them was murderous. Actually, the more I think about this movie (the jail rock, the problem was not actually a problem) I less I like it. A bit of a shame, Kurt Russel was a lot of fun.
Rated 01 Dec 2020
55
50th
This was surprisingly OK family film for the whole family. Kurt still has plenty of charisma and seems to enjoy himself as Santa.
Rated 22 Dec 2019
35
11th
Despite my rating, this is not a terrible movie, but not really a good movie either. Probably best for the tween crowd. Some disturbing, violent elfs, a car chase scene that doesn't seem to work in a Christmas movie, a car theft with no repercussions, and a weird jailhouse scene made things a bit difficult to digest. Santa's place in the North Pole was really neat.
Rated 18 Dec 2021
8
68th
Elite
Rated 08 Jun 2022
40
7th
Everything about this is terrible except Kurt Russell. I say again: Kurt Russell elevates this FAAARRRRRRRRR above where it deserves to be.
Rated 31 Dec 2018
62
32nd
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Rated 18 Dec 2018
54
8th
I usually regret watching movies this bad but I still had some fun.
Rated 08 Dec 2018
70
57th
?ahane bir aile filmi
Rated 27 Dec 2021
51
17th
Kurt had a fun take on the character, but everything else here is forgettable or tedious.

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