Box art for Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

children & family, comedy, drama


Six-year-old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle...Santa Claus; then Susan meets Kriss Kringle, a department store Santa who believes he's the genuine article.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    61%
  • Audience Score
    62%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Not better than the original, but still smiley holiday fare.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this treacly holiday film introduces the idea that Santa Claus might not be real, and comes to the conclusion that he is indeed real. The film includes several mild physical altercations between Santa Claus and another man, including one where Santa knocks the man down with his cane. A fake Santa is seen drinking alcohol and one brief scene shows a bar full of men dressed as Santas drinking beer and some acting drunk. A fake Santa's pants slip down a bit as he climbs a ladder, revealing the top of his rear end. A bit of mild language and yelling pops up.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Santa Claus and other magical figures. What do we believe about these figures and why? Do you think believing in things you can't see or prove is important? What other things do we believe in even though we can't see them?
  • What other tales about Santa Claus do you enjoy? How are they similar?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Caryn James, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh:

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Not as good as the original.

- hypathio7, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 stars

Dayum!!!! Mara Wilson is actually also as talented as Dakota.. The most touching scene is when the Santa is talking through sign language with a deaf kid...

- citawijaya, Wednesday, June 24, 2009

3 stars

If this came out today, no way this would be rated G. It's sweet and has a lot of heart from the original but watching it again as an adult, I notice how slightly creepy Dylan McDermott is when trying to seduce Elizabeth Perkins.

- Fragglefreak, Wednesday, November 25, 2009