The Christmas Candle
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From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Melds the intriguing with the hokey in a variation on the standard template of a nonbeliever who changes his outlook amid a holiday miracle."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This odd Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie is as artless as the setup is muddled."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Essentially a daytime TV movie; out of place in cinemas, but right at home on a wet Wednesday afternoon."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"A festive faith-based film with two distinct target audiences: Christians and fans of the hilariously hammy."
‑ Stephen Kelly, Total Film
"Muddled, emotionally sterile and lacking mysticism, mystery and magic, it's not even remotely comparable to traditional Christmas classics."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Relates the weak-tea parable of a town that receives a wish-giving candle every 25 years from an angel."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
""The Christmas Candle," based on a book by Texas minister Max Lucado, might be the ideal movie for Christians in search of family-friendly entertainment, but its appeal won't stretch beyond that demographic."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"There's nothing wrong with a message, but I'm afraid my own is: don't go."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"Indigestible Christmas stodge."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"The kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don't even realize that they have."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"This holiday movie about a man of God who regains his faith thanks to a miraculous candle is as picturesque as a snow globe and just about as full of human life."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
""The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Sweet film about Christmas miracles but a little slow at the start - and neither Susan Boyle nor Samantha Barks has a big musical number."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"In both plot and theology, it is on the side of tradition, but Richmond's antagonism is not treated as a character defect."
‑ Kenneth R. Morefield, Christianity Today
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