Jingle All the Way
Jingle All the Way (1997)

The true meaning of Christmas -- desperate last-minute shopping -- is the subject of this holiday-themed comedy. Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a mattress salesman with a bad habit of putting his work ahead of his family. His… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arnold Schwarzenegger tries his best, but Jingle All the Way suffers from an uneven tone, shifting wildly from a would-be satire on materialism to an antic, slapstick yuk-fest.

Emanuel Levy

In this formulaic star vehicle, Schwarzenegger gets to fly like Peter Pan, act like Superman--and fulfill all the fantasies kids may have about their fathers.

Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The film is very loud, and festooned with the sort of comic violence far more disturbing than anything in an 18-rated movie.

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Pete Croatto

still heartless and unfunny and as welcome a part of the holidays as traffic and fruit cake.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I liked a lot of the movie, which is genial and has a lot of energy, but I was sort of depressed by its relentlessly materialistic view of Christmas, and by the choice to go with action and (mild) violence over dialogue and plot.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Ahnold terminates the holiday spirit.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Home Alone, this is not, but for a family Christmas movie, it's surprisingly fun.

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Andy Seiler
USA Today

Here's Arnie, of all people, playing a bedraggled suburbanite, and his perversely amusing casting boosts a crass, sometimes nasty and finally funny celebration of holiday mass-merchandising and greed.

Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

God forbid Arnold should have to shell out for one of those Spanish-speaking turbomen being hocked in the bad part of town.

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Douglas Pratt

The film is rescued by a strong third act, but getting there is torture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
A film all about buying your child's love? hmmm. Well its not all as bad as it sounds, the film does manage to turn that on its head by the end, just… More
Joshua Wilburn
Last christmas I watched this only to hear the greatest schwarzenegger line ever, 'PUT THAT COOKIE DOWN! NOW!!' classic. but this film makes you think… More
Edward Boxler
Some movies are review proof. Jingle All the Way is one such movie. Of course it's bad. The effects are horrid and the story is so completely ludicrous… More
Sophie Burgess
An enjoyable but silly Christmas film. Fun for the kids but too cheesy and unfunny for adults.
Nicki Marie
Stupid, but one of those movies you invariably end up watching on tv over Xmas. As Xmas movies go, this one is not too bad, even for an adult to watch. I think… More
Melvin White
Myron Larabee: How about these stupid letters from kids to Santa at the North Pole: "Dear Santa, Can you send me a bike and a slinky?" No! Your… More