Jingle All the Way
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The true meaning of Christmas -- desperate last-minute shopping -- is the subject of this holiday-themed comedy. Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a mattress salesman with a bad habit of putting his work ahead of his family. His son Jamie (Jake Lloyd), who wishes Dad would pay more attention to him, wants only one thing for Christmas -- a Turbo Man action figure, with all the accessories. Howard promises both Jamie and his wife Liz (Rita Wilson) that there will indeed be a Turbo Man under the tree for Jamie on Christmas morning, but come December 24, Howard realizes that he hasn't… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In this formulaic star vehicle, Schwarzenegger gets to fly like Peter Pan, act like Superman--and fulfill all the fantasies kids may have about their fathers."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"God forbid Arnold should have to shell out for one of those Spanish-speaking turbomen being hocked in the bad part of town."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"The film is rescued by a strong third act, but getting there is torture."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"And one wonders why Sinbad hasn't made any movies since"
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"A career low-point for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yes, even worse than Batman & Robin."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"I liked a lot of the movie, which is genial and has a lot of energy, but I was sort of depressed by its relentlessly materialistic view of Christmas, and by the choice to go with action and (mild) violence over dialogue and plot."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"still heartless and unfunny and as welcome a part of the holidays as traffic and fruit cake."
‑ Pete Croatto, Filmcritic.com
"If it weren't for the credits 'A Brian Levant Film' and 'Directed by Brian Levant,' one would be certain that the director was Chris Columbus."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The practice of buying indulgences didn't die with the Middle Ages, it just sort of metastasized into something black and malignant at the heart of our society."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The overall effect is disquieting - too simplistic for an adult comedy and too angry for a children's movie."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Ahnold terminates the holiday spirit."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Home Alone, this is not, but for a family Christmas movie, it's surprisingly fun."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"OK family fun casts Arnold with Sinbad."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"While there's some genuine laughs and warm sentimentality to be had, Brian Levant's Jingle All the Way represents everything that's bad with Christmas today."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Deserved better reviews than it got when it came out."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
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