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Christmas on Salvation Street

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Religious holiday flick is wholesome but hokey.

Movie PG 2014 126 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+


I watched this movie from beginning to end... I was captivated by the LOVE AND THE MESSAGE "THAT GOD CARES ABOUT US ALL"... There was another gift from GOD in this movie "FAMILY"... And "THAT STEALING IS WRONG"... Stealing can lead to life of crime... Another thing that I got from this movie was "HOPE"... Sharing the gift of not to just family but strangers and gang members can move a mountain... I pray that many parents allow their children to view this movie and share their what they got out of watching this movie... It is now playing on "NETFLIX"... Please take the time to watch this movie... For it captured my eyes which is the Windows to the soul and the heart... I give this movie a "THUMBS UP" And 5 STARS...!!! GREAT FAMILY MOVIE...!!!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Inappropriately racist

I really hope people aren’t letting their kids watch this? Like drugs and alcohol are scary, but what about the INSANE amounts of prejudice and racial stereotypes that this movie would not exist without? Nah, keep this away from growing minds. Teens who are learning about the realities of the ugliness of racism and how it’s still so common that they make Christmas movies about it can watch this, but if they’ve been raised with any decency they wouldn’t be able to make it halfway through.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Although CHRISTMAS ON SALVATION STREET is certainly well intentioned, it's hard not to laugh out loud at the unrealistic depiction of inner-city life and the sometimes cringe-worthy acting. Pastor Noah comes across as the white savior coming in to help the minorities without a very deep discussion about why the neighborhood is impoverished. The interactions with gang members are the most laughable, as he wins them over by literally throwing a Bible at them.

Families looking for a spiritual movie that opens up discussions about helping others and poverty may enjoy this film. There are some really nice messages about the rewards of helping others that are valuable for all viewers. But those who aren't religious most likely will find it too heavy-handed.

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