The 12 genres of Christmas movie

Time Out's Film team prove that there's a Christmas film for everyone


6. 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946)

Genre Melodrama

Christmas credentials Admitting that you don’t care for Capra’s impossibly slushy Yuletide parable is the cinematic equivalent of confessing that you spend your weekends throwing seal pups in front of trains, but for some, the whole saccharine-centred confection is too much to bear. James Stewart pushes the Credulous Hayseed schtick way past tolerable while the odious cutesy moppets, amiable angels and serene snowscapes nail down the coffin. Roll on, Boxing Day. Roll on, death.

Cockle-o-meter I have no cockles!