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John D. Hancock

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About the Movie

Nine-year-old Jessica believes in Heaven, Santa Claus and flying reindeer. One day, she finds a wounded reindeer in the snowy woods. Believing it is the real Prancer, she wants to nurse it back to health so she can 'return it to Santa.' Her effort to save it brings about wonderful changes in the lives of everyone: her father (Sam Elliott), their unusual neighbor (Cloris Leachman), a crotchety veterinarian (Abe Vigoda), a department store Santa (Michael Constantine), and the people of the town.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Its plodding competence can't provide that effortless magical touch that Christmas classics are made of. – Caryn James, New York Times, Dec 13, 2014

Fresh: Harrell carries the film with an impressive performance for a child whose only previous experience was as a singing litterbug in a school play. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Dec 14, 2014

Fresh: Harrell's brash debut, the use of animism and the story's sincerity add interest. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Nov 27, 2007

Fresh: Smaller kids will identify with Jessica's fierce resolve to get Prancer back into action, and older viewers will appreciate the fact that the movie takes place in an approximation of the real world. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Good Family Movie

This is a warm and pleasing movie. Good wins out and compassion heals all concerned. It's fun to watch too. Reindeer, determined and loving little girl, and crusty father all come together in a well written plot. If you don't find something to like in this tale, I'll feel sorry for you.

Perfect Movie!

I am so mad that the "tomato" reviewers would even put spoil and say no magic christmas touch! The whole movie is heart warming! The movie does provide the christmas magic touch, it's as real as it gets! I love this movie so much my mother and I watch it like 10 times every christmas and once in a while even if its not christmas.. It gives the heart warming, magical, mysterious, and don't forget wonderful experience! I recommend this movie, It may seem old to other kids these days but it touches the hearts of those who love classical christmas movies! It's one of the best movies out there!!!


My favorite Christmas movie

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1989

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