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A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Miracle on 34th Street

While this film has plenty moments of sappiness, there's so much more about it that rings true. Besides being a charming and heartfelt story about child-like faith, its points about commercialism and the spirit of Christmas remain absolutely relevant to this day (maybe even more so). The performances are also top-notch, particularly a remarkable Natalie Wood and Gwenn's definitive portrayal of Santa Claus.