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27th Nov 2023

Viewers are calling this new Netflix Christmas film one of the worst ever

Simon Kelly

Netflix Christmas movie

Maybe that title is a bit misleading.

Christmas movies are a sacred space for a lot of people, but there are very few that make the cut to be an all-time classic.

With the likes of Hallmark churning out movies by the dozen for years at this point, Netflix seem to be getting in on the game recently, with a handful of festive offerings coming to our screens year after year.

One flick that’s already been released, the ironically named Best. Christmas. Ever!, is getting some early buzz for all the wrong reasons.

New Netflix Christmas film panned by viewers.

Starring some big names including Jason Biggs and Heather Graham, the new rom-com is directed by industry veteran Mary Lambert who is well known for directing mainly horror movies, including the original Pet Semetary in 1989.

In a bizarre genre switch, Lambert is now directing her second Christmas flick in as many years (following up on her other Netflix outing A Castle for Christmas). The synopsis for Best. Christmas. Ever! is as follows:

Every Christmas Jackie sends a boastful holiday newsletter that makes her old college friend Charlotte feel like a lump of coal. When a twist of fate lands Charlotte and her family on Jackie’s snowy doorstep just days before Christmas, she seizes the opportunity to prove her old friend’s life can’t possibly be that perfect.

While new Christmas movies are always welcome and not necessarily taken seriously in an artistic sense – they exist for a very specific reason – viewers don’t take it easy on them when they fail to meet expectations.

Unfortunately Best. Christmas. Ever! seems to have fallen short for most viewers. Sitting at a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, some have had some pretty damning things to say about the rom-com. Check out some of the reviews below.

“At less than 80 minutes, it’s barely even a movie, more one long montage of bits that never run on long enough to be defined as scenes.” – The Guardian

“The title of the movie feels ironic here when it’s probably closer to being one of the worst Christmas movies ever.” – Cultured Vultures

“Best. Christmas. Ever! resembles a television holiday special more than a feature film, and its plot follows the predictable Christmastime themes of love, acceptance, and being thankful for what you’ve got.” – The New York Times

“It’s a bit presumptuous (and maybe even intentionally ironic) to title a movie Best. Christmas. Ever! (Nov. 16) when the film itself falls below the standard of even the most mediocre of the streamer’s original holiday movies.” – The Daily Beast

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