The Top 5 Worst and Weirdest Christmas Movies


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From Rat Kings to Christmas decoration wars, this list takes on the top five worst holiday movies and reviews from viewers and critics alike.

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s holiday movie time. We all know the classic movies like Elf, Miracle of 34th Street, A Christmas Story and so on. With these great films, holiday movies have a lot to live up to, and every year there seems to be more made. Some better than others, and some the worst movies you have ever seen. Lists come out every year for the “top ten holiday movies” or “classics you must see this holiday season”, but we are all left with the question of which movies we shouldn’t watch. What are the worst holiday movies?


Starting off strong, Rotten Tomatoes ranks Mixed Nuts (1994) as fifth worst with a Rotten Tomato score of 13%. Starring Steve Martin and Madaline Kahn, the movie follows their characters (Phillip and Mrs. Munchnik) who work for a crisis hotline. On Christmas Eve, they find out that their landlord is evicting them from their office, and it all goes downhill from there. There are love triangles, drama, and somehow Mrs. Munchnik isn’t involved in them at all. One review on IMDB says that in order to enjoy the movie you have to “accept the fact that just about everyone in it is OUT OF THEIR MINDS.” The runtime for this movie is 97 mins, and rated PG-13.


In fourth place with a rotten tomato score of 8%, is Surviving Christmas (2004). As Christmas approaches, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) grows nostalgic for his childhood home. Drew is a wealthy executive and has no close friends at this time. When he arrives at the house he finds another family living there. Tom Valco (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Christine (Catherine O’Hara) and two children are the residents. And if this couldn’t get any weirder, Drew pays them a large sum of money to pretend to be his parents. One reviewer comments on this movie saying “ Calling “Surviving Christmas” a train wreck would be insulting every professional member of the railway industry”. The runtime is 90 mins and it is rated pg-13, so perfect for the family!


It only gets better from here, with Deck the Halls (2006) in third place. With a rotten tomato score of 6%, this movie is sure to take the cake. With a strong cast starring Danny Devito, Matthew Broderick, and Kristen Chenowith the film is sure to be interesting. Steve (Matthew Broderick), is a well mannered Dad and Christmas fanatic. He runs into conflict when a new neighbor moves in, Danny (Danny Devito). Danny wants his Christmas decorations to be seen from space, which Steve is not pleased with. This starts a whole decoration war, which only gets messier from there. A review on IMDB cheerfully says “I could barely make it to the twenty minute mark before bringing the showing of this movie to a merciful end.” The movie is 95 mins long, and rated PG.


In second place is Christmas with the Kranks (2004). This movie has a 5% rotten tomato score.  Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) plan to take a cruise around the Caribbean for the holidays instead of celebrating a traditional Christmas. Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) and Walt Scheel (M. Emmet Walsh) are their Christmas enthusiast neighbors, who are determined to win the best decorated street award. Due to the neighbors’ conflicting opinions, Luther and Nora become the social outcasts of the street. In one critic’s review they say “In any normal year this dire comedy would be the undisputed lump of coal in our psychic stocking, but coming on the heels of Surviving Christmas, it’s a close second.” With a run time of 98 mins and rated PG, this movie is sure to be a fun time with the family!

And last but certainly least is The Nutcracker (2010) with a rotten tomato score of 0%. Starring Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, and John Turturro, this film follows the traditional christmas ballet. Mary is gifted a wooden nutcracker which takes her on a magical journey to a magical land. There are rat kings, sugar plum fairies, and much more. One critic said “[It] has so many terrible ideas that the terrible execution is almost irrelevant: Even if the film were well done, it would still be a travesty.”  IMDB reviews say that this movie also shows underlying Holocaust themes with the Rat King, and that story line. A reviewer said “As bad as it is, I recommend seeing it for the sheer oddness on display. It’s such an odd little duck.” This movie is 108 mins long and rated PG.