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Christmas Thieves

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Muddled family Christmas film has moments of mild peril.

Movie NR 2021 77 minutes
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Combining animation and live action can be a tricky challenge. Christmas Thieves is no exception with the film flipping between the two, never really acknowledging the place of the animation within the story, or, in fact, giving the animation much of a story of its own. Arnold and Madsen are enjoyable enough as the bumbling thieves. But films featuring criminals dressed as Santa and his elves have been seen a million times before, and there's no new injection of magic here.

The animation itself may appeal to younger viewers, with its wide-eyed animals and slapstick antics. But its simplicity, in terms of both visuals and storyline, will likely lose the attention of older kids. All the elements are here -- family separated at Christmas, thieves dressed as Santa, a storybook coming to life -- but they are so lightly linked together the film threatens to run out of steam, even in its short 77-minute running time. It concludes with an ending that feels disjointed, lackluster, and one that offers up very little Christmas spirit.

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