Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it that every 25 years, an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this-centuries old legend may come to an end. When David Richmond, a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David's quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old-world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow. Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Relates the weak-tea parable of a town that receives a wish-giving candle every 25 years from an angel.Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 11.21.2013
Melds the intriguing with the hokey in a variation on the standard template of a nonbeliever who changes his outlook amid a holiday miracle.Kyle Smith, New York Post, 11.22.2013
"The Christmas Candle," based on a book by Texas minister Max Lucado, might be the ideal movie for Christians in search of family-friendly entertainment, but its appeal won't stretch beyond that demographic.Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 11.21.2013
This odd Dickens-meets-Sunday-school movie is as artless as the setup is muddled.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 11.21.2013