At this time of year our memories turn to childhood; running through the snow, sledding down Dead Man’s hill, drinking hot chocolate, and if you’re anything like me sitting around the ol’ TV to watch some holiday movies.
However, let’s call it like it is, while some Christmas movies were great, and some we’ll give a pass due to nostalgia, many are completely overrated. Now let me be clear, I’m not saying these movies suck, I’m saying the attention they receive is not warranted and they only are talked up because there are not that many truly great Christmas movies.
Also for the record, completely unrelated to Christmas, but Goonies, that movie is big time overrated and sucks. In fact, it might be the most overrated movie of all time. Alright, back to the Christmas list:
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This kid, might be the biggest “want to punch in the face” person of all time
The Polar Express: This was a movie based on a 32 page children’s picture book. Like reading this book probably takes around 3 ½ minutes, but this movie is around 2 hours and feels like 6. I guess I was wrong when I said earlier that these movies don’t suck. This one sucks. Why does that kid not sit in his damn seat, every 8 seconds he gets up and all kinds of stuff goes down. Annoying. I’ll give it a few pity points because it is supposed to be set in my home state of Michigan, but not much more.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55% (see maybe this one does suck)
Corrected Score: 8%
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Jim Carrey Grinch: Why did we need a live action Grinch? Again, a book that takes about 3 minutes to read, doesn’t need a 2 hour movie. We were fine with the Boris Karloff 30 minute cartoon movie. In the battle of Christmas movies, the cartoon Grinch beats the live action one like Connor McGregor. One punch, 13 seconds, lights out.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%
Corrected Score: 3%
Better Pick: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV special)
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A Christmas Story: This is a one and done movie. If you’ve seen it once, you never have to watch it again. I think this one suffers like Elf, it gets shown for 24 hours on Christmas, but who really watches that? I think nostalgia keeps this one around but honestly it should be treated like it is. An Ok Christmas Story.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Corrected Scrore: 61% (it’s worth one watch, and it’s bearable for that one watch)
Better Pick: Scrooged
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It’s A Wonderful Life: This is actually a pretty great movie. However, it always makes peoples #1 or #2. I can understand why people don’t like it. It’s long, and after 2 hours of Jimmy Stewart’s voice, it can get kind of draining. For the record I like this movie, but it is far too played up at this time of year. I feel like this is a perfect movie for a college film class. You watch it, enjoy it, critique and comment on the story telling and cinematography and then never watch it again.
Rotten Tmatoes Score: 94%
Corrected Score: 65%
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Elf: The real thing that hurts this movie is how much it is played. I swear from about November 1st to New Years it’s on at least once a day on some channel somewhere. I remember when I first saw it, I liked it, but then after about 700 times of seeing it on TV I realized it’s just not that funny, and doesn’t deserve the praise it receives (also, the ending drags soooo bad). I would maybe say it’s worth a watch one time a year, but at this point I think everyone can probably quote it line for line.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%
Corrected Score: 29%
Better Pick: Fred Claus
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