The 10 most overrated Christmas movies

During the holiday season, there are so many movies that people always come back to. Sometimes, it’s just because of the characters, the plot, and the spirit of Christmas. However, classic holiday movies are often re-watched only because they are classics rather than for their true worth.


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It can be difficult to be objective when rating movies that families grew up watching and have fond memories of. But many well-respected films are only seen this way because of the Christmas occasion, not because they’re actually good, which is why they’ve become overrated and misunderstood.

10/10 Fred Claus is very silly and sentimental

Vince Vaughn in a Fred Claus dress.

Fred Close It fails to make for a classic Christmas movie, but it does make for a good movie. Vince Vaughn does a good job of his portrayal of Fred, and while his story progression is clear, it’s fun to watch.

The logic of the movie is unsound, and the story doesn’t follow, but it’s full of Christmas spirit. In fact, it is necessary for some plot Fred Close A little too cheesy. It’s more of a children’s movie than a movie for the whole family because of its heartfelt silliness and snarky humor.

9/10 Jingle all the way is very typical

Image from Jingle All The Way.

in the Christmas movie Jingle all the wayArnold Schwarzenegger brings to life dedicated father Howard Langston. Langston needs a specific action figure for his son and stops at nothing to try and get it.

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Jingle all the way It hits screens every year around Christmas, but it’s nothing more than a guilty pleasure. The movie is full of cheap humor and has a typical Christmas story that shifts from focusing on materialism to appreciating family over everything else.

8/10 Home Alone 2 does not add anything new

A Home Alone 2: Lost In New York poster featuring Kevin and the Wet Bandits.

the first Home Alone The movie was a smash hit, shooting Macaulay Culkin into the spotlight at such a young age. The movie added tremendous humor to the usually predictable Christmas tales.

But, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Doesn’t hold a candle to the first movie. The sequel took all of the most famous parts of the first film and exaggerated them, such as the violence, which shifts from comical and necessary to exaggerated and ridiculous. The second film fails to add anything new to the movie Home Alone franchise.

7/10 Actually love is better than being honest

Image from Love Actually.

Really love is a great Christmas movie, catering to romantics and starring every celebrity they can get their hands on. That’s a major reason why it’s so beloved – it features everyone’s favorite actors and their stories as they navigate love through the holiday season.

However, the movie feels unreal and too good to be true. The way the plot unfolds feels a touch too predictable and turns cheesy. However, a little bit of cheese is expected at Christmastime and Really love Brings comedy and light to the holidays.

6/10 Miracle on 34th Street through a 90s lens

Image from Miracle on 34th Street.

1994 Miracle on 34th Street is a remake of the original, made in 1947. The newer version brings something different that the original wasn’t: a classic ’90s lens. And while that was fun, it’s now considered cheesy and endearing.

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Miracle on 34th Street It’s still magical, and it always will be. But it does not shine compared to the original, and next to it looks dull. The changes to the plot may have been made to update the film. But they did not improve it, and therefore they are disappointed.

5/10 Polar Express lacks substance

Tom Hanks in The Polar Express.

pole clarification is a beloved Christmas movie, but it has become overrated over time. The movie is fun and full of hilarity, but the story doesn’t hold up and lacks substance, and little focus on character and development.

pole clarification It’s confusing in the end, and it’s a wonder how a kid can be expected to follow it up, as a kid’s movie. It took what could have been a simple story and made it more complicated. And while pole clarification It has good animation and effects for its time, it just didn’t age well and doesn’t hold up in the modern era.

4/10 It’s a Wonderful Life has a flawed message

A shot from a movie

It’s a wonderful life It is a classic Christmas movie loved by fans all over the world. However, the overall message can be interpreted in different ways. It is generally seen as a film about empathy and concern for others.

However, there is another way to see It’s a wonderful life It’s like a movie that stands for being accessible and serves others to pursue what one really wants to do with their life. This is why the movie is so overrated, as it reviews itself as great, but is in fact overly sentimental with a flawed message.

3/10 Tyrant Elf

Buddy the Elf is eating breakfast while on the phone in Elf (2003).

dwarf It is a movie that most families watch and enjoy at Christmastime. But there’s a reason many people in the movie find Buddy the Elf annoying – because he is.

At the first two hours, while expected, dwarf He is fun, funny, and lovable, but it becomes less so the more you see him. And because of its popularity, dwarf Everywhere during the holiday season. Fans rave about the Christmas flick being one of the best, but it seems like it’s overdone because it mostly makes its watchers cringe.

2/10 The nightmare before Christmas gets duller with time

Sally and Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

There is a lot of controversy around it The nightmare before christmas, particularly as to whether it was, in fact, a Christmas movie or whether it was actually made for Halloween. Regardless, The nightmare before christmas It was highly reviewed and well liked and has maintained its popularity since its release in 1993.

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However, some viewers thought the movie was too scary for kids and not engaging enough for adults. visuals in The nightmare before christmas They’re great, but the poor plot overshadows them. Although it was original for its time, it is no longer fresh or exciting to watch nowadays, and Jack Skellington is no longer the likable character he once appeared to be.

1/10 The Grinch is a parody of the real Christmas movie

The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

while How the Grinch Stole Christmas Definitely clever and funny, it doesn’t deserve all the hype that has surrounded it since its release over 20 years ago. Many fans adore the movie because of Jim Carrey, but it was Carrey who caused many others to hate the movie.

Instead of focusing on character and script building, the Grinch has become like a parody of a Christmas movie. What makes the movie great in some ways makes it incredibly weird in others. It styles itself as a children’s movie, but its humor isn’t appropriate for a younger audience.

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