Miracle on 34th Street
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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 Macy's toy-department Santa. Supervisor Maureen O'Hara soon begins having second thoughts about hiring Kris: it's bad enough that he is laboring under the delusion that he's the genuine Saint Nick; but when he begins advising customers to shop elsewhere for toys that they can't find at Macy's, he's gone too far! Amazingly, Mr. Macy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A Christmas season evergreen."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season."
‑ Brian Salisbury, Hollywood.com
"After It's A Wonderful Life, there really is no better flick to curl up with over the festive season."
‑ , Total Film
"Decades after it was made, this fable, featuring Edmund Gwenn's Oscar-winning role as Santa Claus, remains one of the most enchanting Christmas movies."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The original (and best) version of the cockle-warming tale of a man who claims to be the real-life Santa Claus."
‑ , Time Out
"Miracle on 34th Street isn't great art or high comedy, but it is good entertainment."
‑ Shirley O'Hara, The New Republic
"The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Children may prefer the newer, more obvious version, but parents will warm to this utterly beguiling original."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Classic holiday movie for the whole family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A surefire, brightly cynical bit of whimsy."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"So you don't believe in Santa Claus? If you want to stay a non-believer don't see Miracle."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[A] heartwarming piece of Hollywood comedy-fantasy."
‑ , Sky Movies
"One of the few perfect and genuinely emotional Christmas movies that will live on forever..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"What makes Miracle a genuine miracle of holiday filmmaking is the pitch-perfect balance of social cynicism and human generosity."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
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