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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#22

Home Alone 3 (1997)
29%

#22
Adjusted Score: 29963%
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: A clever boy (Alex D. Linz) stymies spies (Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt) seeking a toy car with a top-secret computer... [More]
Directed By: Raja Gosnell

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 30954%
Critics Consensus: Unaccompanied Minors, while featuring credible performances by its mostly young cast, is simply a rehash of other, funnier movies.
Synopsis: After a Christmas Eve blizzard shuts down the airport, stranded youths create holiday pandemonium for an uptight airport official (Lewis... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#20

Noel (2004)
28%

#20
Adjusted Score: 27321%
Critics Consensus: Noel strains for holiday uplift, but -- despite the involvement of an outstanding ensemble cast -- settles for treacly sentiment instead.
Synopsis: A couple (Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker), a diner chef, an editor (Susan Sarandon), an orphaned hustler and a former priest... [More]
Directed By: Chazz Palminteri

#19

Four Christmases (2008)
25%

#19
Adjusted Score: 29929%
Critics Consensus: Despite a strong cast, this sour holiday comedy suffers from a hackneyed script.
Synopsis: When their plans for a holiday getaway fall apart, a couple (Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon) must spend Christmas Day trudging... [More]
Directed By: Seth Gordon

#18
Adjusted Score: 25208%
Critics Consensus: Neither parent nor child will find any merriment in this mess.
Synopsis: Absurd obstacles hinder a California college student's (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) quest to get home by Christmas Eve to claim a... [More]
Directed By: Arlene Sanford

#17
Adjusted Score: 22737%
Critics Consensus: Ho, ho, oh no.
Synopsis: Martians kidnap Santa Claus and two children in an effort to capture the Christmas spirit for their listless children.... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Webster

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 20238%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In 19th-century England, a minister's quest to modernize his village puts him at odds with people who believe that whoever... [More]
Directed By: John Stephenson

#15

Fred Claus (2007)
21%

#15
Adjusted Score: 25125%
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: The yuletide season brings headaches for Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti), who bails his ne'er-do-well brother Fred (Vince Vaughn) out of... [More]
Directed By: David Dobkin

#14

Santa Claus (1985)
20%

#14
Adjusted Score: 21234%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Santa (David Huddleston) and an elf (Dudley Moore) foil a New York toy manufacturer's (John Lithgow) scheme to get rich... [More]
Directed By: Jeannot Szwarc

#13
Adjusted Score: 20805%
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 (Tyler Perry) accompanies her niece to the country for a surprise holiday visit with the niece's daughter, but what... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Perry

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 19525%
Critics Consensus: The Perfect Holiday is the perfect example of Christmas movie clichés run amok.
Synopsis: Romance blooms when a little girl asks a department-store Santa (Morris Chestnut) to fulfill her divorced mother's (Gabrielle Union) fondest... [More]
Directed By: Lance Rivera

#11

Love the Coopers (2015)
18%

#11
Adjusted Score: 23190%
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: A man (John Goodman) and his estranged wife (Diane Keaton) welcome their two children and four generations of extended family... [More]
Directed By: Jessie Nelson

#10
Adjusted Score: 17900%
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: Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), aka Santa, contends with visiting in-laws (Ann-Margret, Alan Arkin) and a scheme by mischievous Jack Frost... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lembeck

#9
#9
Adjusted Score: 19847%
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: A crazed postman (Sinbad), a tough policeman and a shady Santa impede a workaholic (Arnold Schwarzenegger) seeking a coveted toy... [More]
Directed By: Brian Levant

#8
Adjusted Score: 14113%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Boyd is forced to spend Christmas at his parents' house and has to hit the road with his eccentric father... [More]
Directed By: Tristram Shapeero

#7

Black Christmas (2006)
15%

#7
Adjusted Score: 16856%
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: An unknown caller first harasses then murders a group of sorority sisters (Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert) during... [More]
Directed By: Glen Morgan

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 13340%
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: When an anti-American filmmaker (Kevin Farley) launches a crusade to abolish the Independence Day holiday, three patriotic spirits show him... [More]
Directed By: David Zucker

#5

Mixed Nuts (1994)
10%

#5
Adjusted Score: 11689%
Critics Consensus: Mixed Nuts may provoke strong allergic reactions in all but the most undemanding filmgoers -- and the most forgiving Steve Martin fans.
Synopsis: The proprietor (Steve Martin) of a telephone help-line receives an eviction notice during the holiday season.... [More]
Directed By: Nora Ephron

#4
#4
Adjusted Score: 9216%
Critics Consensus: Surviving Christmas is unpleasant characters attacking each other for 90 minutes before delivering a typical, hollow anti-consumerist message
Synopsis: A lonely man (Ben Affleck) returns to his childhood home and celebrates the holiday with the strangers who live there.... [More]
Directed By: Mike Mitchell

#3

Deck the Halls (2006)
6%

#3
Adjusted Score: 7734%
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: Neighbors (Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick) in a New England town go to war after one adorns his house with enough... [More]
Directed By: John Whitesell

#2
Adjusted Score: 8912%
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: A Chicago couple (Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis) scramble to put together a holiday celebration after their daughter decides to... [More]
Directed By: Joe Roth

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 277%
Critics Consensus: Misguided, misconceived, and misbegotten on every level, The Nutcracker in 3D is a stunning exercise in astonishing cinematic wrong-headedness.
Synopsis: ... [More]
Starring: Unknown Actor
Directed By: Andreas Morell

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