Joyeux NoŽl (Merry Christmas)
Joyeux NoŽl (Merry Christmas) (2006)

The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's Academy Award-nominated account… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The poignant humanity on display in Joyeux Noel makes its sentimentality forgivable.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Unfolding slowly, then building in momentum like the hymns themselves, this entire sequence is tremendously affecting.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Some might castigate its unabashed sentimentality, but I found myself moved, especially when I recalled that this was supposedly the war to end all wars.

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Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

A vivid, quietly powerful recreation of a truly extraordinary moment in history: just not an overwhelmingly moving one.

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Bob Mondello
NPR

You can't watch this film without thinking about modern wars and about how much easier it is to demonize a foe when language and customs are more at odds.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's a respectful, sobering tribute to the flickering of humanitarian spirit amid the darkest days of conflict and, as such, surely a Christmas film for the ages.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

It isn't exactly All Quiet on the Western Front or Oh! What a Lovely War. What it lacks is proper finesse.

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Craig Outhier
Orange County Register

For all their friendship and yuletide charity, the men must return to battle, and the miracle of Christmas does little to alter the course of war. By the end of it, they must decide if they've witnessed their own grand illusion.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Well-photographed and acted, Joyeux NoŽl suffers most from the inevitable comparison with its betters, such films as Paths of Glory or All Quiet on the Western Front.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

It is such a wonderful story and I think it's a rather prosaic treatment that it's been given.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A bit heavy handed, and it sets the table for far too long, but it's a refreshing war film in that it's not really about war: little death, no more… More
Jens S.
This is the true, although probably adjusted, story of a ceasefire near the French-German border in 1914, where soldiers of three nations stopped shooting to… More
Sarah Gaish
An incredibly thought provoking depiction of the WW1 Christmas ceasefire between the Germans, French and the Scottish. The uniting of each of the countries is… More
Jani H
"Joyeux Noel" is truly an inspirational movie about war. Three different camps, two sides fighting against each other lay down their weapons during… More
Cynthia S.
Inspired by true events during WWI. ......Touching and poignant, this is a powerfully good Christmas movie. Well acted, well directed, well filmed. You see and… More
Ross Collins
A Christmas like any other but this is 1914, and it's the first of the Great War for the soldiers serving in the trenches of the Western front. This an… More

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