Miracle on 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, a bearded old gent who is the living image of Santa Claus. Serving as a last-minute replacement for the drunken Santa who was to have led Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Kringle is offered a job as a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Irrefutable proof that gentle sentimentalism can be the chief ingredient in a wonderful film, Miracle on 34th Street delivers a warm holiday message without resorting to treacle.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A Christmas season evergreen.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Yes, Miracle On 34th Street is pure Hollywood hokum... But the film is pretty savvy too, getting a jump on mounting anxieties about the post-war cult of consumerism.

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Brian Salisbury

The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season.

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Time Out

The original (and best) version of the cockle-warming tale of a man who claims to be the real-life Santa Claus.

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Shirley O'Hara
The New Republic

Miracle on 34th Street isn't great art or high comedy, but it is good entertainment.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season.

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TIME Magazine

A surefire, brightly cynical bit of whimsy.

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Variety Staff

So you don't believe in Santa Claus? If you want to stay a non-believer don't see Miracle.

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Sky Movies

[A] heartwarming piece of Hollywood comedy-fantasy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Fred Gailey: Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he… More
Adriel Lim
Wholeheartedly smart, funny and hopeful, it never ceased to bring smiles for one must agree, even the most grounded sort, the age old truth and wisdom that… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Some old fat guy shows up in New York and claims, now get this for yer holiday giggles, that he's Santa Claus! No. Really? Yer kiddin' me! Would I… More
Daniel Perry
After being subjected to the remake in elementary school, I did not have high hopes for this classic, but when I stumbled upon it this holiday season I was… More
Anthony Lawrie
It's a Wonderful Life is often regarded as the greatest Christmas film of all time but for me the original Miracle on 34th Street just beats it. Edmund… More
Zach Brehany
The one thing that has shocked me to no end about this movie was just how complex it really was. You have this old man that claims to be Santa Claus, a… More