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Norman Rockwell Presents: A Christmas Tail

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Cute dog isn't enough to rescue routine holiday romance.

Movie NR 2015 87 minutes
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age 11+

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Not even an adorable dog can save this lightweight, predictable film. Static, low-energy direction and one-dimensional characters allow for very few laughs and absolutely no surprises. The leading actors and those playing their kids are game enough, but the material and the execution fail them. Particularly distasteful are the underwritten and poorly performed villains' roles. The obnoxious old boyfriend makes one wonder if Maggie had any standards at all in her choice of partners. Their relationship defines Maggie as a victim who values being with someone at the expense of any self-esteem. And, at her job, Maggie is even more vulnerable; it takes escalating abuse to spur her to even the most innocent revenge. Still, there's that cute dog, along with Christmas music and colorful holiday decorations that fill the screen. Those count for something.

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