A Christmas Star

Film, Family and kids
1 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
A Christmas Star

This nauseating festive tale follows a little girl who has the magic ability to stop grown-ups arguing

Aah, Christmas... a time for giving and receiving – and, in the case of film companies, a time for offloading any old rubbish onto unsuspecting filmgoers, so long as it’s got ‘Christmas’ in the title. From Northern Ireland comes this seasonal stinker, in which snowbound parents end up having their daughter in a local barn. Turns out that little Noelle may have miraculous powers, since she can make grumpy adults play nice. But having toyed with that notion, this shambling movie turns attention to its turgid main plot about the village pottery factory being bought by developers with secret plans for demolition. Predictably, Noelle (now school age) and her chums have something to say about it.

‘A Christmas Star’ struggles with the basics of credibility, insulting us with unspeakably bad dialogue and delivering clunky performances by the shovelful. Pierce Brosnan (the developers’ boss) and Liam Neeson (a local radio DJ) add goodwill, but this dismal film is enough to put a dampener on your Christmas before it’s even started. One to bring out the inner Scrooge in all of us.

By: Trevor Johnston

Posted:

Release details

Release date:
Friday November 13 2015
Duration:
82 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Richard Elson
Screenwriter:
Richard Elson, Maire Campbell
Cast:
Rob James-Collier
Suranne Jones
Bronagh Waugh

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:0
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|1
1 person listening

Feelgood Christmas film, it's a bit saccharine but full of Christmas cheer. 


A young girl and her friends stand up to an evil property developer who comes to demolish their village in Ireland. There's some good jokes in there and nice performances from the children. Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson give it a bit of Hollywood appeal, along with a fair few cameos at the end. 


Overall a pretty good family Christmas tale as long as you don't expect anything with too much drama or originality.