What Holiday Movie Do You Think Is Overrated And Why?

The subject of holiday movies is something that every film fan seems passionate about. It’s easy to understand why. Watching movies like A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas as much a part of people’s Yuletide traditions as trimming the tree or having a mini nervous breakdown over not having enough time to do all the shopping that you still need to do.

But that doesn’t mean that taste in Christmas movies is, nor does it have to be, the same as everyone else around you. Just as some people prefer Scrooged over A Christmas Carol (and vice versa), your mileage may vary when it comes to certain holiday movies.

So what I’d like you to do for this latest Open Thread is to tell me about what holiday movie you feel are overrated, and the reasons why you feel this way. Is there a Christmas cinematic opus that leaves you feeling colder than Frosty the Snowman in a Blizzard? Do you not care if Ralphie ever gets his Red Ryder gun? Do you think that, yeah, the world would have been a better place if George Bailey were never born? If so, then embrace your inner Scrooge and let us know below. (And if there’s more than one movie you want to rant about, feel free). There are no wrong answers, and this is a judgment free zone, so let the Christmas complaining commence!

(This article originally ran in 2017 and is being reprinted as part of our 25 Days of Christmas series of posts).

  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    Is it even possible to classify a Christmas movie as overrated without coming off sounding like the Grinch? Sure, such clunkers as “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” are fodder for the bin to classify movies that are stinkers (although some people might like that kind of low budget stuff, like me for instance). But such movies aren’t rated very high by the general public in the first place, so being called “overrated” would probably not qualify. But could anyone really call “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s A Wonderful Life” and not be deemed a cinema Scrooge? After 50+ years of seeing “Charlie Brown Christmas” I don’t get all that excited about it coming anymore, but I really can’t call it overrated.

    • garykevinware

      As I implied in another post, I like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Hooray for Santy Claus!

      • richardpeck

        With apologies to the late, great Harry Dean Stanton, One Magic Christmas from 1985. Ear-splitting soundtrack and Stanton more weird than winning

  • Mark

    I don’t think that the movies are overrated so much as over played. When you get bombarded with some of these movies year after year, and on occasion, day after day, you can get a case of “burnout” where some of these movies are concerned.

    • Ron Chmiel

      what is worse is the movie being broadcasted 24 hours straight. ie; “Christmas Story”

      • cclawnj

        That’s true but I can see why they might choose that movie for repeated, back-to-back showings. It’s great!

  • cclawnj

    The very worst one is the live action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which perverts the lovely message of the original. Instead of a villainous Grinch who learns the error of his ways, you get the Grinch as a victim of prejudice and its the Whos that need to repent. Political correctness run amuck!

  • sanpaku

    I noticed a ‘complaint’ about how The Christmas Story was broadcasted 24hrs straight. First time TBS did this (and last checked, still do) I thought it was great! Truth be told, this particular movie I watch through out the year, many times back to back! My kids love it (btw now adults). We even made it a point to read the entire book and compare!

    • glen thompson

      Yes, TBS still does the 24 hours. We all love it and make it a 24 hour party.

  • Robert R George

    the way it works is the stuff you grew up with is more along the lines of what you like. jim carrey version of grinch is ok but the boris karloff animated version is preferable to me. and i’ve seen enuff of wonderful life…nothing against george bailey but just seems to sacharin(?).

  • richard

    Many poor ones so too many to mention .

  • momcat1948

    I really hate the movie ‘A Christmas Story’. I saw it for the first time when I was a kid about 10 and thought it was the stupidest thing I had ever watched. There are many others that I don’t like, such as anything that many consider funny. For instance, I really hate the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas (or anything Dr. Seuss for that matter), and I just find nothing funny about National Lampoon anything. Stupid is not funny….just stupid.

    • glen thompson

      My goodness, you really appear to be a truly unhappy person. Such strong words, “really hate”. Hey, it’s just a movie. Please have a Merry Christmas!

      • Laurel Lane

        Why would you say that? Just because she doesn’t like the humor or movies you do, she must be an unhappy person? I agree with her as far as stupid is not funny. I like ‘A Christmas Story’ but it’s not my favorite and I, too, don’t find movies where animals get hurt being enjoyable (i.e. National Lampoon.) Just because someone has a different opinion than you does not make them unhappy or wrong. We’re all entitled to our own opinion.

        • glen thompson

          Hey you answered your own question Laurel. You call A Christmas Story as “not my favorite”. That is understandable, but “really hate” now that is a bit too much. I mean it is only a movie. Yes, we are all entitled to our opinion. We are also entitled to criticize another opinion.

          • Rusty Writer

            glen, you got off easy. Usually “Laurel” goes totally nuts, lies about everything you said and fills her posts with profanities, using the * asterisk to get past the censors.


    IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, also from an overrated director Frank Capra. Total schmaltz from beginning to end. J. Stewart’s worst movie (Harvey is his best). Plays a character with so much promise and a small town with small minded people keep him from fulfilling “a (truly) wonderful life”. Takes a contrived magical ending to put a good face on the movie. No wonder it bombed when first released.

    • Tom Johnson

      This would have been my vote. As a librarian, it really annoys me that the worst scenario they can come up with for Donna Reed is she HAD to become to poor old maid town librarian. (Yeah, right, a civil service job with benefits and a pension!)

      • Laurel Lane

        That is my only problem with the film. If Mary hadn’t married George she would be a dowdy, timid, plain spinster. Why??? She seemed pretty popular when she was young; George wasn’t the only guy interested. I hate that part of the story. Otherwise, I think it’s a great movie. Makes me wonder what would happen if someone else had been given that opportunity and it would have shown things would have been better without them being born.

  • Movie Fan

    I can’t watch It’s A Wonderful Life. All those screechy voices and George Bailey’s bellowing give me a headache.

  • Tom K.

    Some posters here are putting down ” It’s a Wonderful Life ” which did bomb early because it was released in June or July ! Once Television Stations started broadcasting it EVERY Christmas Season, it became a hit. “Wonderful Life” is better than 99.8 % of today’s Hollywood ‘products’.