The Worst Christmas Movies

From painful family reunions to sequels no child asked for to multiple Vince Vaughn and Tim Allen vehicles, these are all the Christmas films that scored less than 30% on the Tomatometer. And to make sure these movies landed on enough critics’ naughty lists to be deemed truly universally loathed, every entry had to have at least 20 reviews for inclusion. This leaves the likes of Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas and Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! out in the cold, but makes plenty of space for Home Alone 3, Christmas With the Kranks, and Deck the Halls. It’s more cinematic coal than you can handle in our guide to the worst Christmas movies ever!

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Home Alone 3 (1997)

Adjusted Score: 29.721%
Critics Consensus: Macaulay Culkin's precocious charisma is sorely missed in this hollow sequel, which doubles down on the broad comedy while lacking all the hallmarks that made the original a classic.
Synopsis: Alex D. Linz replaces that other kid and thereÕs a new cast of villains, but the formula remains the same.... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

Adjusted Score: 31.511%
Critics Consensus: Unaccompanied Minors, while featuring credible performances by its mostly young cast, is simply a rehash of other, funnier movies.
Synopsis: A handful of kids stranded without their parents is determined to make the most of a bad situation in this... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig


Noel (2004)

Adjusted Score: 28.188%
Critics Consensus: Noel strains for holiday uplift, but -- despite the involvement of an outstanding ensemble cast -- settles for treacly sentiment instead.
Synopsis: It's Christmas Eve in New York City, and with a little help from each other, five people will discover new... [More]
Directed By: Chazz Palminteri


Four Christmases (2008)

Adjusted Score: 30.177%
Critics Consensus: Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.
Synopsis: When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

Adjusted Score: 24.767%
Critics Consensus: Neither parent nor child will find any merriment in this mess.
Synopsis: Jake Wilkinson is a self-absorbed college student who, just days before Christmas, awakens to find himself stranded in the middle... [More]
Directed By: Arlene Sanford

Adjusted Score: 23.574%
Critics Consensus: Ho, ho, oh no.
Synopsis: The biggest, most brightly-wrapped gift under the colorful Christmas tree is a new digital restoration of the unforgettable 1964 B-movie... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Webster

Adjusted Score: 21.039%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: From bestselling author, Max Lucado, comes The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for the entire family. Deep in the... [More]
Directed By: John Stephenson


Fred Claus (2007)

Adjusted Score: 25.466%
Critics Consensus: A slew of talent is wasted in this contrived and overly sentimental Christmas film, which can't quite get the balance between slapstick humor and schmaltzy uplift.
Synopsis: Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but he could... [More]
Directed By: David Dobkin

Adjusted Score: 20.741%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It looks like Christmas (and all that it stands for) is seriously threatened when a troublesome elf (Dudley Moore) joins... [More]
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

Adjusted Score: 20.515%
Critics Consensus: It boasts a few laughs, but overall, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas ranks among Perry's least entertaining or substantive works.
Synopsis: Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

Adjusted Score: 20.255%
Critics Consensus: The Perfect Holiday is the perfect example of Christmas movie clichés run amok.
Synopsis: Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, and Terrence Howard star in a film concerning a young girl who implores a... [More]
Directed By: Lance Rivera


Love the Coopers (2015)

Adjusted Score: 22.164%
Critics Consensus: Love the Coopers has a talented cast and a uniquely bittersweet blend of holiday cheer in its better moments, but they're all let down by a script content to settle for cloying smarm.
Synopsis: LOVE THE COOPERS follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve... [More]
Directed By: Jessie Nelson

Adjusted Score: 18.574%
Critics Consensus: Playing Jack Frost as an evil cross between Liza Minnelli and Liberace, Martin Short is a welcome presence, but this tired series continues drawing from its bag of bland gags and dumb slapstick.
Synopsis: Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause.... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lembeck

Adjusted Score: 19.164%
Critics 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.
Synopsis: The true meaning of Christmas -- desperate last-minute shopping -- is the subject of this holiday-themed comedy. Howard Langston (Arnold... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant

Adjusted Score: 12.942%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boyd and his family are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father that... [More]
Directed By: Tristram Shapeero


Black Christmas (2006)

Adjusted Score: 17.496%
Critics Consensus: A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair.
Synopsis: Billy, a young boy, was abused by his mother as a child. His mother cheated on Billy's father, and eventually... [More]
Directed By: Glen Morgan

Adjusted Score: 13.087%
Critics Consensus: An American Carol suffers not so much from its perceived political bias, but from the fact that it simply is not very funny.
Synopsis: Ebenezer Scrooge gets the parody treatment from veteran writer/director David Zucker (Airplane!, Scary Movie 4) with this comedy starring Kevin... [More]
Directed By: David Zucker


Mixed Nuts (1994)

Adjusted Score: 11.287%
Critics Consensus: Mixed Nuts may provoke strong allergic reactions in all but the most undemanding filmgoers -- and the most forgiving Steve Martin fans.
Synopsis: A holiday comedy with dark overtones, Mixed Nuts presents a supposedly humorous look at the behind-the-scenes events at a crisis... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron

Adjusted Score: 9.795%
Critics Consensus: Surviving Christmas is unpleasant characters attacking each other for 90 minutes before delivering a typical, hollow anti-consumerist message
Synopsis: Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell


Deck the Halls (2006)

Adjusted Score: 8.316%
Critics Consensus: Relying on flat humor and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood.
Synopsis: This family comedy is about one-upmanship, jealousy, clashing neighbors, home decoration... and the true spirit of the holidays. Steve, a... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

Adjusted Score: 8.422%
Critics Consensus: A mirthless movie as fresh as last year's fruit cake, Christmas with the Kranks is a coarse, garish comedy that promotes conformity.
Synopsis: After faithfully and happily celebrating Christmas their entire lives, and with their daughter Blair in Peru to serve a stint... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

Adjusted Score: 0.105%
Critics Consensus: Misguided, misconceived, and misbegotten on every level, The Nutcracker in 3D is a stunning exercise in astonishing cinematic wrong-headedness.
Synopsis: Nine-year-old Mary's dull Viennese Christmas is suddenly filled with excitement and adventure following the arrival of her beloved Uncle Albert... [More]
Directed By: Andrey Konchalovskiy

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