Which of the Christmas movies since 2010 are the best? We need your help in choosing the Christmas film of all time.
About ten years have passed since VG last asked readers to choose the Christmas film of all time, so we have started a new Christmas tournament. In the first introductory round, we asked readers to vote for their favorites from films from 1940–2010, as well as provide input.
This group game is for films after 2010, as well as four “old” films we have selected from their input.
You vote down in the text here – a total of ten duels.
Six on from the first round
The first six films that went on were: “Love Actually” (2003), “Three Nuts for Cinderella” (1973), “Alone at Home” (1990), “The Polar Express” (2004), “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” / ” Help, It’s Christmas Holiday ”(1989) and“ Die Hard ”/“ Operation Skyscraper ”(1988).
After this second group game, we get eight “old” winners who will duel against eight “new” winners. The opponents are drawn by drawing lots.
Then we run the round of 16, quarterfinals, semi and finals until Christmas when we are left with one winner.
Here are the candidates from after 2010:
«The Christmas King – Full Armor» (2015), Viaplay, TV 2 Play
VG’s reviewer was not particularly enthusiastic about this film sequel to the Advent calendar “Julekongen”, directed by Thale Persen. “Here you go in and out of the different worlds in a rather messy order and for slightly obscure reasons now and then,” was the description, and the conclusion was that the film did not reach the series.
“Rise of the Guardians” / “The Five Legends” (2010), TV 2 Play, HBO Max, Netflix, Viaplay
Peter Ramsey’s animated film received a better reception in VG, with a 5 on the dice. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jon Blund and Jack Frost must protect the children and fight the Buseman when all the world’s children’s beautiful dreams are in danger of being replaced by dark nightmares. “It’s all a sweet soup about faith, hope and love – as well as finding oneself. “The Five Legends” delivers the clichéd, gloomy Christmas food. “
Vote for your favorite 1/10
“Carpenter Andersen and Santa Claus” (2016), Viaplay, SF Anytime, iTunes
Terje Rangnes directed this “live action” version of the famous Christmas story by Alf Prøysen with Trond Espen Seim and Anders Baasmo in the lead roles. VG’s reviewer was skeptical about whether the new variant could outcompete the animated version that has been on NRK since the early 70s.
“Journey to the Poinsettia” (2012), iTunes
Our reviewer thought director Nils Gaup added more action to the classic story with this version. “The ‘new’ poinsettia has just the dose of excitement, warmth and glimmer of magic dust that will capture a new generation of childish poinsettias.” was the verdict.
Vote for your favorite 2/10
«Solan and Ludvig – Christmas in Flåklypa» (2013), Viaplay, C More, SF Anytime, iTunes
Roll of the dice 5 was the result when this animated version of Kjell Aukrust’s Flåklypa universe came out in 2013. VG’s reviewer thought Rasmus A. Sivertsen’s “Christmas in Flåklypa” was “excellent on its own and has all the qualities needed to be a pleasant and entertaining Christmas present for everyone with a sense of childlike joy. “
«Klaus» (2019), Netflix
This animated Christmas film from Sergio Pablos and Carlos Martínez López was nominated for an Oscar last year. The postman Jesper is commissioned to set up the activity in Smeerensburg, where no one is interested in sending mail. He has to go through a lot of resistance, and not least meet playmaker Klaus, before he gets a new perspective on what is important in life.
Vote for your favorite 3/10
«The Dragon Guard’s Christmas» (2020), TV 2 Play, Viaplay, Telia Play, SF Anytime
Katarina Launing was at the helm of this film which came out in the pandemic Christmas last year. Our reviewer thought that the Christmas mood did not run particularly deep, but also wrote that “If you add goodwill, this can be seen as a kind of Norwegian” ET – the guest from space “(1982).”
“Arthur’s Christmas Gift” / “Arthur Christmas” (2011), Netflix, Viaplay
Sarah Smith and Barry Cook are directing this animated film that shows how Santa manages to fill all the world’s Christmas stockings on Christmas Day. “The richness of detail is great, the stage design is so colorfully sumptuous it should be in such a Christmas movie. However, the frenetic pace could have been turned down several notches. ” wrote VG’s reviewer.
Vote for your favorite 4/10
«Jingle Jangle: Juleoppfinnelsen» (2020), Netflix
A treasure chest of Christmas magic in the mass of Christmas movies on the streaming services. John Legend is among the producers and Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key and Hugh Bonnville are among the actors in the story of the inventor Jeronicus and his toy store directed by David E. Talbert.
«A Very Murray Christmas» (2015), Netflix
Sophia Coppola is behind this Murray rarity. VG’s entertainment recommender called this “this year’s definitive Christmas entertainment” in 2015. He believed that Murray and Coppola together had “made a strange, funny, depressed and elated version of the classic Christmas show.”
Vote for your favorite 5/10
«The Christmas Chronicles» (2018), Netflix
Clay Kaytis has directed the story of two siblings who want to freshen up Santa Claus in action and try to capture him on camera. The plan gets unexpected complications when they are to blame for Santa’s sleigh crashing and the whole of Christmas being in danger.
“Merry Christmas” (2020), TV 2 Play, Viaplay
VG’s reviewer thought this film from screenwriter Erlend Loe and director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken was a turkey. He nevertheless praised the interaction between Anne Marit Jacobsen and Otto Jespersen, who are two of the actors in this star-studded case.
Vote for your favorite 6/10
“Three Nuts for Cinderella” (2021), at the cinema
In the long run, the film will be on TV 2, but so far Cecilie A. Mosli’s version of “Three Nuts for Cinderella” is in theaters. Our reviewer thought it could have had more drama and romance, but praised Astrid Smeplass’ acting debut.
«Krampus» (2015), Viaplay, SF Anytime, Telia Play, iTunes
This story with Toni Collette and Adam Scott, directed by Michael Dougherty, is simply a horror film with Santa’s “bad cop” response. After a family quarrel, the boy Max Engel inadvertently calls on Krampus from European superstition – the demon that punishes naughty children around Christmas.
Vote for your favorite 7/10
«Harajuku» (2018), TV 2 Play, Viaplay, iTunes
Erik Svensson’s sad film was nominated for nine Amanda Awards and won two. Ines Høysæter Asserson was nominated for the lead role as Vilde. She is hanging out at Oslo S on Christmas Eve when she finds out that her mother has been in an accident and she is forced to track down her biological father she has no contact with.
“A Boy Called Christmas” / “The Boy Who Became Santa Claus” (2021), Netflix
Norwegian Rune Temte appears in this new Christmas film with Maggie Smith, Jimmy Broadbent, Kristen Wiig and Michiel Huisman. It is about Nikolas and his father who lives deep in the forest in Finland, and after his father sets out to look for evidence of magic, Nikolas follows.
Vote for your favorite 8/10
Readers’ suggestions for “old” Christmas movies:
Film journalists Benjamin Brekken and Ingvill Dybfest Dahl have selected four films from the readers’ suggestions in the comment fields on VG and Facebook, which will have a chance to advance to the round of 16 against the newer films.
«Flåklypa Grand Prix» (1975), Viaplay, iTunes, SF Anytime
The original with stop motion animation from Ivo Caprino has fascinated several generations with its breathtaking Grand Prix action and continuous Kjell Aukrust comedy. In 2005, it was named the Norwegian film of the century in VG.
«Elf» (2003), TV 2 Play, HBO Max, Viaplay
Jon Favreau directs Will Ferrell in this family comedy where Ferrell is Buddy, a human being who is raised as a noticeably large elf at the North Pole. He travels to New York to spread the Christmas spirit to his biological father.
Vote for your favorite 9/10
“Alone at Home 2: Abandoned in New York” (1992), Disney +, Viaplay
If you do not get enough of the atmosphere of watching Kevin McCallister be left at home while the family goes to Paris, the fade continues the following year when Kevin ends up in a hotel in New York before Christmas. In the sequel, Kevin has to fight the same villains, and he also meets Donald Trump.
«Die Hard 2» (1990), Disney+, Viaplay, iTunes
It’s not just in Nakatomi Tower that John McClane breaks loose at Christmas. In the sequel, directed by Renny Harlin, he is at an airport in Washington waiting for his wife when terrorists take over the control center.
Vote for your favorite 10/10
This weekend you can vote for the winners in the round of 16 where classics are fighting against newer Christmas movies to become the best Christmas movie of all time.