The Christmas Candle
The Christmas Candle (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 22, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2014
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Peter Sobczynski

The kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don't even realize that they have.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

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.

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Essentially a daytime TV movie; out of place in cinemas, but right at home on a wet Wednesday afternoon.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Melds the intriguing with the hokey in a variation on the standard template of a nonbeliever who changes his outlook amid a holiday miracle.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This odd Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie is as artless as the setup is muddled.

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Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)

There's nothing wrong with a message, but I'm afraid my own is: don't go.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Relates the weak-tea parable of a town that receives a wish-giving candle every 25 years from an angel.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

"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.

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Peter Bradshaw

A real Christmas miracle would cause every copy of this film to spontaneously burst into flames.

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