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If you know the Clement Clark Moore poem, you'll know that Prancer is one of Santa Claus' "eight tiny reindeer." When 9-year-old Rebecca Harrell, who still believes in Santa despite the remonstrations of her parents and the taunts of her peers, stumbles across the selfsame Prancer in a remote part of the forest, no one will believe the girl. Later on, Harrell's no-nonsense father Sam Elliot comes across a wounded reindeer, he feels it his duty to put the suffering animal out of his misery. The deer, of course, is Prancer, and it magically vanishes before Elliot's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

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"Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Forgettable Christmas movie featuring Sam Elliott."
‑ Steve Crum,
"...worth a look around the holidays."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Not nearly as bad as you'd think."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"For the most part this is an utterly enchanting film that deserves a place in the canon of holiday features that make their way to theaters, video and TV each year at this time."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Prancer deserves to join the select ranks of those Christmas movies we return to again and again."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Off the beaten track."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"kids and adults will both be pleasantly surprised"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The predictable ending could have been improved if it had been less explicit. Then again, a subtle show, this ersatz tearjerker is not."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Smaller kids will identify with Jessica's fierce resolve to get Prancer back into action, and older viewers will appreciate the fact that the movie takes place in an approximation of the real world."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Harmless, pleasant Xmas-themed family fare."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"An oddly dark, moving holiday film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"It's a decent holiday season film, suited to the six-to eight-year-old set."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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