Greg Tyler

Christmas 2013 Film List

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There are so many Christmas films. So, so many. From the musical version of A Christmas Carol starring Kelsey Grammer to Home Alone 5, by God do we like cashing in on the festive spirit. Sky Movies even have a TV channel dedicated to the damn things.

Now I've often quite publicly voiced my opinions about Christmas. In case you don't know, there's a touch of the Ebenezer about me. However, I do love films. And my love for films will outweigh my displeasure over Christmas any day. So this Christmas, I want to get into the Christmas spirit by watching some of the best (and worst) Christmas movies.

I'm going to rate each movie on its Christmas spirit, its cast list, how suitable it is for the family, and the quality of the Christmas music used throughout.

Below is the list of films I've watched so far, plus a link to their writeups. Please do suggest any more in the comments or on Twitter @gregtyler.

Jingle All The Way

Arnold Schwarzenegger teaches his son the true meaning of Christmas by ignoring him and instead hanging out with washed-up comedian Sinbad.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Read the review


Against all the odds, Martin Freeman puts on a school nativity play with his crazy teaching assistant.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Read the review

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

Stop it. Please, for the love of God, don't make any more Home Alone films.

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Read the review

Polar Express

Some lucky few children travel to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to meet Santa and discover the meaning of Christmas.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Read the review


Christmas Elf-raised Will Ferrell shows Zooey Deschanel his North Pole! etc. etc.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Read the review


Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks? SHAFT! Ya damn right! He's a complicated man and no one understands him but his woman.

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Read the review

The Muppet Christmas Carol

If you've somehow never seen The Muppet Christmas Carol, its title tells you literally everything you need to know.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Read the review

Holiday in Handcuffs

Sabrina the Teenage Witch proves to us that the Stockholm Syndrome works! Clearly a great festive moral message.

★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Read the review

The Santa Clause

After Santa takes a tumble from Scott Calvin's house, it falls upon our luckless hero to fill his boots (and trousers, and shirt).

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Read the review

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

The all-time classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, told in song by a cast led by Kelsey Grammer.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Read the review

Christmas Every Day

After ruining everybody's Christmas, Billy Jackson is forced to relive the magical day until he turns himself around in some sort of creepy reimagining of the famous Wizzard song.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Read the review

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

James Bond continues his search for Blofeld after their tête-à-tête in Japan. At one point, he spends some time in Blofeld's company over the Christmas period.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Read the review