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Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Magic and faith blend in story of good works and miracles.

Movie PG 2013 100 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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age 7+

An outstanding family movie!

This movie was great for our nine year old. It deals with real life issues in an open way. The story takes place in Gladbury, England. Our daughter loved the hopeful spirit of the movie. An essential message of the movie is that belief transforms us and those around us.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This movie offers a well-told story that will hit home for anyone who has ever experienced a crisis of faith, either religious or secular. Performances by Hans Matheson, Sylvester McCoy, Lesley Manville, Samantha Barks, and even the gifted singer Susan Boyle in a small but sweet role, are all charming and engaging. Prepare for hokey special effects. During the big miracle, an angel shimmers with crude light as dots of superimposed illumination hover like fake snowflakes in the air. But otherwise the settings and direction give the period piece a vitality and believability that anchors a story about magic in its own comforting reality. The Christmas Candle does a good job at appreciating the beauty of spiritual rituals but also offers the view that good deeds performed by humans are even better.

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