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A Boy Called Christmas

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United Kingdom, France · 2021
1h 44m
Director Gil Kenan
Starring Henry Lawfull, Michiel Huisman, Stephen Merchant, Maggie Smith
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A boy named Nikolas sets out on an adventure into the snowy north in search of his father, who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. With a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this story, proving nothing is impossible.

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The Guardian by Cath Clarke

It feels kid-gloves at times: big-hearted and entertaining, but possibly lacking a little fun or oomph. A lovely warming film, though.


The Independent by Clarisse Loughrey

It’s surprising how much the film can flit between clangingly obvious bits of exposition – aha! The source of the floppy red hat! A reindeer that happens to be named Blitzen! – and more mature perspectives on the holidays.


Empire by Ian Freer

A Boy Called Christmas is by-the-numbers Yuletide storytelling buoyed by a strong Brit cast, inventive filmmaking and a heart in the right place.


The New York Times by Natalia Winkelman

Magic abounds in A Boy Called Christmas, Netflix’s first prestige holiday movie of the season, but pulsing through this winning adventure tale is something even stronger: the immersive power of storytelling.

88 by Nell Minow

A Boy Called Christmas is a resplendent Santa Claus origin story with a star-filled cast, sumptuous visuals, and some melancholy details to keep it from being too sugary.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

At a glance, A Boy Called Christmas looks delightful enough, with its snowy landscapes, cosy knitwear, and scenes of Jim Broadbent larking around in a periwig and frock coat. But beneath its Paddington-meets-Potter storybook exterior, its bloodstream runs with purest gloop.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

In a winter of dull holiday romances and seriously unimaginative seasonal slop, this one tickles and delights and is at least good enough to put off that “Christmas Story” rerun you know you’re getting around to, because that after-all is a tradition.

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