15. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)
> Directed by: David L. Cunningham
> Starring: Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston
> Genre: Adventure, drama, family
Even the film’s hero, a child savior whose birthday is near Christmas day, couldn’t save this movie. As the chosen one battles forces of evil, the movie is decidedly uninspiring and predictable with no sense of impending doom. Just 14% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a freshness rating.
14. Jack Frost (1998)
> Directed by: Troy Miller
> Starring: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross
> Genre: Comedy, drama, family
The story follows a boy whose deceased father comes back as a snowman. The movie melted pretty quickly with movie-goers, and it garnered just a 20% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Arizona Republic critic Bob Fenster said the film features a “guy in the snowman suit who looks like he didn’t make the first cut at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.”
13. Are We There Yet? (2005)
> Directed by: Brian Levant
> Starring: Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
> Genre: Adventure, comedy, family
This holiday road trip of sorts missed the target with movie-goers as Ice Cube turns from being anti-children in that Ebenezer Scrooge kind of way into doting dad-to-be. The problem is, the kids were given such bratty roles, viewers are left wondering why on Earth would he want to adopt them as his own.
12. Trapped in Paradise (1994)
> Directed by: George Gallo
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey
> Genre: Adventure, comedy, crime
This tale of two brothers who get out on parole and then trick their third brother into robbing a bank on Christmas Eve plays with very few laughs, despite a cast that boasts Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey.
11. Eight Crazy Nights (2002)
> Directed by: Seth Kearsley
> Starring: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, Jackie Sandler
> Genre: Animation, comedy, musical
Unfortunately for star Adam Sandler, his brand of vulgar comedy did not translate well to animation in the eyes of critics and audiences alike. Under the auspices of holiday fare — in this case the Jewish holiday Hanukkah — it was given a rating of PG-13, not typical for this category.
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