How Terrible Are Your Favorite Christmas Movies?
Do you have a favorite Christmas movie and is it actually any good? We all have movies that we loved as a kid and have since watched those movies as adults and ruined the happy memory we had of those movies being good.
The Peanuts Christmas special is a great example of that. I watched that every year as a kid and now I hate it and my kids would rather wash dishes than watch it.
ELF - Let's start with an easy one since most people like ELF and it is actually good. Elf is Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes and has an 84% rating. Not the highest rating on our list but way better than most.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION - Here's another one that most people like but in this case it doesn't rate well. It gets a tomato rating and a 64% rating.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY - Not even Arnold Schwarzenegger could save this movie from an abysmal demise. Rated at just 16% this movie is 100% rotten.
FOUR CHRISTMASES - Here's one that I actually like but apparently nobody else does. Four Christmases gets a rotten rating of only 24%.
HOME ALONE (all of them) - Here's a franchise that struck gold and then quickly struck poop. The original Home Alone that we all love has a 62% rating which isn't really that good fro such a timeless movie. But after that they made two more - Home Alone: Lost In New York 27% rating and Home Alone 3 30% rating. Yes, there are three Home Alone movies and we are better off not mentioning the last two any more.
POLAR EXPRESS - This one surprises me because I thought everyone loved this movie. Full disclosure - I haven't seen it but my mom says it is great. Anyhoo - Polar Express is actually rotten rated at 55%.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS - This is where the Tomatometer gets a little weird. The cartoon version has a 100% rating but isn't certified fresh? The live action version with Jim Carey doesn't fare so well, and rightly so, with a 53% rating.
A CHRISTMAS STORY - Speaking of the weird ratings, Ralphie and the beloved leg lamp have a movie that is Certified Fresh but only an 89% rating.
WHITE CHRISTMAS - Here's a goody from 1954 with a well earned tomato rating of 77%.
THE SANTA CLAUSE TRILOGY - Here's a final case where the movie was really good and then the studio made more and missed the mark. The original Santa Clause was an original and fun take on a Christmas story and has a Certified Fresh 75% rating. From there it is a quick downward spiral. The second SC movie loses the fun and also the ratings at just 55%. But, that wasn't enough to kill off Santa's reputation. Nope, they made a Santa Clause 3 and it was everything you imagined the death of Santa to be. It got a dismal 15% rating.
Now, I know a Christmas movie list isn't complete without the non-Christmas movies that we insist on watching during Christmas. Which may be a good idea since they all rate better than most actual Christmas movies. Here they are:
- The Nightmare Before Christmas - Certified fresh with a 95% rating.
- Die Hard - Certified fresh with a 92% rating.
- Gremlins - Certified fresh with an 84% rating.
Do you have a Christmas movie you love that may actually be terrible?