10. Jingle All the Way (1996)
> Directed by: Brian Levant
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman
> Genre: Comedy, family
Critics didn’t find “Jingle All the Way” to be much of a Christmas darling. But movie-goers paid to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger desperately trying to find his son a Turbo-Man action figure during the waning hours of the Christmas season. It’s one of the highest grossing Christmas movies of all time.
9. Toys (1992)
> Directed by: Barry Levinson
> Starring: Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack
> Genre: Adventure, comedy, drama
A film that was 15 years in the making and cost $40 million only lasted in theaters for six weeks and took in a dismal $21 million. “Toys,” a fantasy film about an imaginary world set inside a giant toy corporation, was met with some criticism to boot, though it’s gotten a new, favorable following in 2018.
8. Black Christmas (2006)
> Directed by: Glen Morgan
> Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert
> Genre: Horror
Nothing compares to the 1974 original, which is credited with helping launch the slasher film genre, by the way. In this remake, over Christmas time, an escaped homicidal nutjob returns to his home, now a sorority house, and proceeds to kill the sorority sisters one by one. This tedious version, however, focuses the attention on the killer himself, who turns out to be not so terrifying.
7. Home Alone 3 (1997)
> Directed by: Raja Gosnell
> Starring: Alex D. Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt
> Genre: Comedy, crime, family
John Hughes returned to write the third film in the franchise, but Macaulay Culkin was replaced by Alex D. Linz as the kid who spends his holiday season snuffing out the bad guys in brutal cartoon-like fashion. The problem is, Culkin will always be Kevin McCallister, and the majority of critics agree that this script runs dry of any of the appeal in previous Home Alone movies.
6. Surviving Christmas (2004)
> Directed by: Mike Mitchell
> Starring: Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini
> Genre: Comedy, romance
Ben Affleck stars in the role of an ad exec who loses his girlfriend when he suggests they go to Fiji instead of Christmas with her family. Affleck’s character subsequently spends the holiday with the family who now occupies his childhood home as he searches for meaning in his life. The film only managed to garner eight positive reviews amongst the 113 collected by Rotten Tomatoes.
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