One Magic Christmas
One Magic Christmas (1985)

The "magic" in One Magic Christmas is often (and surprisingly) of the "black" variety. Like Jimmy Stewart before her, worn-out wife and mother Mary Steenburgen wishes that she'd never been born. And like Stewart,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 22, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

An affecting, well-played film.

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TV Guide

Has the bite of a toothless old dog.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The most depressing Christmas movie of all time.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Screenwriter Thomas Meehan seems to have had It's a Wonderful Life in mind; the results are closer to A Nightmare on Elm Street.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Phil Borsos' take on Christmas is a somewhat odd movie, but it does have a slow charm, not unlike It's a Wonderful Life by way of Wim Wenders.

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Rob Gonsalves

This is a treasure trove of sick laughs -- and it's from Disney!

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Far too downbeat for the festive season.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

'80s Christmas movie has depressing, intense scenes.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fantasy holiday fare has some good moments with Harry Dean Stanton.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
"One Magic Christmas" is the complete opposite of what it's ridiculous title calls it out to be. As a little girl and her family are unsure of… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A depressing Christmas Tale about a family's loss during the season, and an Angel who can help them get through it. Not fun or magical!
Dann Michalski
From Disney comes the rather unusual holiday film, One Magic Christmas. The story follows an angel who's assigned to help a working mother find the… More