Noelle

2019

Noelle

Critics Consensus

The always charming Anna Kendrick does her best, but Noelle's progressive take on a timeless tale is unfortunately subdued.

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After Santa Claus decides to retire and his son gets cold feet on Christmas Eve, it falls to his daughter Noelle to take over the family business.

Cast

Anna Kendrick
as Noelle Kringle
Bill Hader
as Nick Kringle
Kingsley Ben-Adir
as Jake Hapman
Billy Eichner
as Gabe Kringle
Julie Hagerty
as Mrs. Claus
Maceo Smedley
as Alex Hapman
Diana-Maria Riva
as Helen Rojas
Billy Griffith
as Elder Elf Billy
Aliza Vellani
as Tech Elf Jojo
Amitai Marmorstein
as Tech Elf Robrob
Ron Funches
as Elf Mortimer
Gary Sekhon
as Tech Elf Maxwell
Edwin Perez
as Elf Chris
Chelah Horsdal
as Dr. Shelley Sussman
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Critic Reviews for Noelle

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (17)

  • Over all, Noelle is subpar - but it's silly, harmless fun. It's so forgettable it'll be virtually erased from your memory five minutes after the end credits roll.

    Dec 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Whatever your idea of a sentimental connect-the-dots Christmas comedy is, this is sub that.

    Nov 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Released in the middle of the busiest movie season of the year, "Noelle" is the sort of film destined to be discarded, a cheap holiday tchotchke with no staying power.

    Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • All of this doesn't add up to the warm alchemy of a Christmas classic, or a holiday movie you'd go out of your way to watch more than once, even if it is streaming.

    Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Gwen Ihnat

    AV Club
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  • Marc Lawrence's story about Santa's daughter, despite its solid cast, aims squarely at not-too-picky kids and mostly ignores parents' desire to be entertained as well.

    Nov 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Noelle has plenty of charm -- the kind that makes a Christmas story not just simply amiable, but worth a look.

    Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Noelle

  • Dec 06, 2019
    Starting out I really thought this was going to be just a dorky Christmas movie just a couple bars above a Hallmark movie. What with lines like "oh my garland," good lord. And, yeah, that is sort of its baseline. But even at it's worst it's still charmingly Christmasy and just plain cute. If that's not your thing, I get it, but this time of year I like it. What really elevates it though is the godamn delightful performance from Anna Kendrick who is just freaking adorable in this role. She is giving a 110% to this performance and it is kind of incredible, she is so insanely charming and likable throughout it just makes the whole thing likable. What also helps the movie is a broad spectrum of Christmas showing the ups and downs of the holidays. Not the REAL downs, this is Disney after-all, but they do address that the fact that the holiday isn't the best time for everyone. There are also a couple of genuine laugh out loud moments that really caught me off guard. Maybe it's just because I wasn't expecting them in my Disney Christmas movie, but a couple of the jokes in here really got me. Overall though, it is what it is, a Disney Christmas movie with Anna Kendrick. If any part of that sentence appeals to you, you'll get about what you expect.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2019
    Disney has officially released its long-awaited streaming service, Disney+. While many viewers are excited to rewatch their classic favourites and new upcoming Star Wars and Marvel series, it also seems that they will be creating their own original films every so often as well. One of their first at launch was that of Noelle. Just in time for the Christmas season, Disney+ released this Christmas film to warm the hearts of families around the world. Sadly, I feel that the execution of this movie is a mixed bag. Do I think Disney+ is worth purchasing? Yes, very much so. Do I think this is the movie that you should watch before anything else? Probably not.  After the passing of their father, siblings Noelle (Anna Kendrick) and Nick (Bill Hader) find themselves having to take over the family business. With their father having been Santa Claus and them having lived in the North Pole all their lives, they know nothing else. Nick is next in line to become Santa but ultimately flees the scene when nerves kick in. Noelle ventures to find him and hijinks ensue. Noelle is a film that works as a sweet, yet super corny little Holiday flick, but the third act of the film sort of took away from the rest of it for me.  Without giving anything away for those who wish to watch, the third act of this movie really begins to hit you over the head with the messages it's trying to send. While I have no problems with these messages, it's almost like the filmmakers thought viewers didn't see these messages slowly presenting themselves throughout the entire movie. I liked the conclusion for what it was, but the way it was executed fell flat for me. There was a lot of emotion set-up throughout the movie that does have a payoff, but I felt disconnected from it all.  Anna Kendrick is as loveable and quirky as she has always been and Bill Hader (although having much less screen time) is quite good with the material he is given as well. Where this movie fell apart was easily in the screenplay. I didn't mind the direction here, in fact, I actually liked it, which was no surprise seeing as I enjoyed director Marc Lawrence's work on Music & Lyrics. With that said, he also wrote this screenplay and I found a few key elements were missing to make the finale of this movie truly work.  In the end, Noelle is a passable, at times very enjoyable Christmas movie, but ultimately collapses by the end for me. It's not that I despised where they went, it's just how it was done. For fans of Holiday films, no matter what they are about, this movie might appeal to you more. I personally love a great Holiday flick and I'm usually pretty forgiving of them, but this one didn't quite work. It's not a bad movie, but I was certainly hoping for better.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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