10 of the worst Christmas movies according to the critics

Most Christmas films probably aren't designed to be a work of art, but that doesn't mean they can't be awful.

Generally, they exist to tug at the heartstrings, give us a bit of a laugh and remind us of what is important at this time of year, but some movies just miss the mark completely.

Critics are not always right, and it should be more about forming your own opinions, but film critiques can be good for making sure you avoid wasting your time with the real stinkers.

Both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes have their own opinions on what the worst Christmas movie ever is, which is the basis for this list.

Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls is a 2006 film starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick as feuding neighbours who war over Buddy (DeVito) wanting his Christmas lights to be seen from space.

The furious Steve, played by Broderick, tries to destroy his plans, much to the dismay of his family.

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Rotten Tomatoes said: "Relying on flat humour and a preposterous plot, Deck the Halls is an unnecessarily mean-spirited holiday movie that does little to put viewers in a holiday mood."


Home Alone 3

This film features grossly incompetent parenting that frankly deserves a call to social services — and Home Alone 3 struggles to make its mark.

The film was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel.

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Perhaps its biggest positive is that this one doesn't feature Donald Trump.

Christmas With the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks follows the Christmas grinches, the Kranks, who decide to ditch Christmas and use the money instead for a holiday to the Caribbean.

Doing so, they earn themselves the scorn of their neighbours who try and force them to decorate their house.

Tim Allen stars in the film, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis which would make for a strong lineup in most films.

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One review said: "Christmas With The Kranks is the sort of film that leaves you thinking Ebenezer Scrooge might have had the right idea about the festive season."

Mixed Nuts

An internet search for 'Mixed Nuts' lands you with a whole range of tasty snacks to choose from, though perhaps indicates that this Steve Martin film made very little impact.

Martin's character Philip manages a suicide-prevention hotline called Lifesavers.

On Christmas Eve, Philip learns he is being evicted.

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Rotten Tomatoes said: "Mixed Nuts may provoke strong allergic reactions in all but the most undemanding filmgoers and the most forgiving Steve Martin fans."

The Snowman

Michael Keaton plays a father that passes away. His character later becomes a snowman and be makes friends with his son.

If you want a film about ball of snow coming to life, maybe you should stick with the Christmas classic, The Snowman.

Bad Santa 2

After making his list and checking it twice, Santa Claus is coming to drink.

The first Bad Santa was quite well received when released in 2003, but its sequel barely even made a dent.

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It failed to make any money from its budget of over £19 million and likely won't go down as a high point in the career of Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates.

The comedy follows on from the original and is about someone trying to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

One review said: "These are the only attempts at jokes. Bad Santa 2 doesn't hate Christmas. It just hates women."

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

The first in the film series was well-liked, so it is no wonder that a sequel was attempted.

In the film, 12 years have passed since Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) took on the mantle of Santa Claus and moved to the North Pole.

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After The Santa Clause 2 received bad reviews, producers had another crack with The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, but it was a failure in the eyes of the critics.

It did manage to make a lot of money at the box office, despite this.

Surviving Christmas

Ben Affleck plays millionaire Drew Latham whose girlfriend dumps him as he refuses to introduce her to his family.

Drew's girlfriend thinks he isn't serious about the relationship, so he then pays a family to pose as his relatives.

The film received nominations for Golden Raspberry Awards in the form of Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay.

Fred Claus

Vince Vaughn is Fred Claus, Santa's older brother, and the film follows the rift between the two brothers.

Critic Anthony Quinn said: "The actual effect of films such as this, however, is to put you in an entirely non-Christmas, non-joyous and non-charitable mood."

Jingle All the Way

1996 film Jingle All the Way stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad as two rival fathers trying to buy an action figure for their respective sons.

Some reviews were positive, but others cut deep into the movie.

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One said: "You'll need an awful lot of Christmas cheer to forgive Arnold Schwarzenegger for his fourth, and hopefully last, venture into comedy, a turkey that needs stuffing on the most inaccessible shelf of your local video store."

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