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Hallmark Movies 2016

Last Updated on Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Dave!Here's a checklist of all the Hallmark original romance movies from 2016 along with my comments on those I've seen.

Special movies of note are marked Favorite, Good, Okay, and BAD.


   

Hallmark Channel Originals 2016

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Love in Paradise
(Winterfest • Emmanuelle Vaugier and Luke Perry • January 2, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Love's Complicated
(Winterfest • Holly Marie Combs and Ben Bass • January 9, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Okay Love on the Sidelines (Winterfest • Emily Kinney and John Reardon • January 16, 2016)
A famous football player needs a new personal assistant while he's laid up with a sprained ankle. The agency sent him... A WOMAN?!? ZOMG! HOW HORRIBLE! HE DOESN'T WANT A STUPID WOMAN AS HIS PERSONAL ASSISTANT! SHE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SPORTS! But she's desperate for a job so she won't give up! I wonder what's going to happen? Oh yeah... the same thing that always happens in a Hallmark movie.

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✓ Okay Unleashing Mr. Darcy
(Winterfest • Cindy Busby and Ryan Paevey • January 23, 2016)
It's Pride & Prejudice... with dogs! When private school teacher gets fired because she refuses to take a bribe, she decides to devote her time to showing dogs in dog shows. There she runs across canine judge Donovan Darcy, and they are immediately at odds. After a misunderstanding, Elizabeth decides he's an arrogant, privileged, rude jerk. Eventually, thanks to dog shows and random encounters, she starts to discover the real Mr. Darcy and their relationship starts to change. But dealing with his manipulative aunt and the woman she is trying to get him to marry will make any relationship a real challenge. This one is actually far better than it has a right to be... and it's largely due to the cast, which is spot-on. Frances Fisher is deliciously evil as the aunt, and the entire movie is better for her playing the role.

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Dater's Handbook
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Meghan Markle, Kristoffer Polaha and Jonathan Scarfe • January 30, 2016)
Before Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she had a halfway decent career as an actor. I really liked her on Suits, and she's good in this little distraction as well. What's ironic is watching her trying to find the right guy in a movie when she ended up with a prince in real life. In the film she decides to take relationship advice from a guru called Dr. Susie and follow the advice in her book called The Dater's Handbook. Ultimately she ends up having to choose between two guys who fit the bill... but in very different ways. While not a disaster, this is the kind of meandering story that struggles to keep my attention.

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All Things Valentine
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Sarah Rafferty and Samuel Page • January 31, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Appetite for Love
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Taylor Cole and Andrew Walker • February 6, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Okay Valentine Ever After (Countdown to Valentine's Day • Autumn Reeser and Eric Johnson • February 13, 2016)
Two city slicker girls decide to vacation in Wyoming for a laugh. When their car breaks down along the way, they end up stranded in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately a guy from a local ranch shows up and rescues them. When a trip to the local bar goes astray and a fight breaks out, the ladies are sentenced to 30 days community service. They end up staying at the ranch of the guy who rescued them while they work off their debt to society. A ranch that... WAIT FOR IT... is in financial trouble! Because of course it is! I liked this movie better when it starred Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and was called The Simple life. Luckily my all-time favorite Hallmark actress, Autumn Reeser, is around to take away the tedium. There's nothing new here, but occasional glimpses of beautiful Wyoming scenery in winter and decent chemistry makes it worth a watch.

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✓ Okay Anything for Love
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Erika Christensen and Paul Greene • February 14, 2016)
If not for one major problem, this would be a great Hallmark movie. The setup is that two people both lie on their dating profile, and of course they fall in love with each other while thinking they are somebody else. SHE is a company CEO who lied and said she was her assistant so men aren't intimidated by her. HE is a nurse who said he was a doctor because his idiot friend thought it made him a much better catch. But here's the problem... it's 2016 and his job as a male nurse is ridiculed the entire movie. He's a girl because he's a nurse. He's a failure because he's not a doctor. Women don't like him because he's got a woman's job. It's just so damn stupid. And the movie would have been SO much better without it. Totally not needed. That being said, the story itself is good, the actors are great, and if you can ignore the sexist crap, it's a fun watch.

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All Yours
(Spring Fling • Nicollette Sheridan and Dan Payne • April 2, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Hearts of Spring
(Spring Fling • Lisa Whelchel and Michael Shanks • April 9, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Love by Chance
(Spring Fling • Beau Garrett, Benjamin Ayres and Brenda Strong • April 16, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Tulips in Spring
(Fiona Gubelmann and Lucas Bryant • May 14, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Date with Love
(Shenae Grimes, Andrew Walker and Bailee Madison • May 21, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Wedding Bells
(June Weddings • Danica McKellar and Kavan Smith • June 3, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Ms. Matched
(June Weddings • Alexa PenaVega and Shawn Roberts • June 4, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Okay Stop the Wedding
(June Weddings • Rachel Boston and Niall Matter • June 11, 2016)
The niece of the aunt who raised her... and the son of a famous movie star (Alan Thicke!)... are both flying to Seattle to stop the wedding between their aunt/dad. BUT, ZOMG! THEY RAN INTO EACH OTHER AT THE AIRPORT... LITERALLY! COFFEE SPILLED EVERYWHERE! AND NOW THEY HATE EACH OTHER! Won't THEY be surprised when they run into each other again? Now they have to team up to get the thing they both want. What they don't expect is that it just might be LOVE! I was more than a little surprised that this actually ended up being a decent flick. Rachel Boston and Niall Matter have decent chemistry, and they never stray too far into idiocy.

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The Convenient Groom
(June Weddings • Vanessa Marcil and David Sutcliffe • June 18, 2016)
Vanessa Marcil and David Sutcliffe? Sign me up!

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The Wedding March
(June Weddings • Jack Wagner, Josie Bissett, and Emily Tennant • June 25, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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A Perfect Christmas
(Susie Abromeit and Dillon Casey • July 16, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Favorite Summer Villa (Summer Nights • Hilarie Burton and Victor Webster • July 23, 2016)
She's a romance novelist and mom of a teenager who can't find romance to write a new book... he's a celebrity chef who has lost his passion for cooking and has been neglecting his restaurant. After a mix-up, both of them end up at his family estate in France to recharge after they had a failed blind date earlier. I had zero expectations when I tuned in, but was intrigued that television institution Victor Webster was doing Hallmark. What's surprising about this one is that it's got a funny streak running all the way through. Starting with the fact that this is supposed to take place in the South of France, but never really feels like it despite the fact that they are forever assaulting you with French music and plenty of wafting accordions. It finally drove me so crazy that I looked it up on IMDB... annnnd nope! Filmed entirely in Montreal. Quelle surprise! But here's the thing. I really liked this one. There's chemistry between the leads, the daughter is great, and it is warm, funny, sweet, and genuine in all the right ways.

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For Love & Honor
(Summer Nights • James Denton and Natalie Brown • July 30, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Favorite My Summer Prince (Summer Nights • Taylor Cole and Jack Turner • August 6, 2016)
HE'S a bad-boy British prince going to college in Greenbriar, Idaho. SHE'S an ambitious assistant at a PR firm charged with cleaning up yet another of the Prince's PR nightmares. When her boss gets chicken pox, she's suddenly put in charge of managing the prince. But will HE end up managing HER?!? Well, this is Hallmark, so I'm guessing SOMEBODY is getting swept off their feet. So, yeah, it's probably going to be her. I liked this one. The soundtrack by REO Speedwagon was great and having Marina "Councilor Troi" Sirtis along for the ride was almost too good to be true. Marina Sirtis desperately needs to be in more Hallmark movies. Or any movies.

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Summer In the City (Summer Nights • Julianna Guill and Marc Bendavid • August 13, 2016)
Big city dreams DO come true! Hallmark spent a little money on this one by signing Vivica A. Fox and Natasha Henstridge as supporting characters. Alas, they should have spent a little more and put it into the story. The whole "Hayseed in New York" trope can be fun, but this one just felt tired. It's Pretty Woman if Julia Roberts was put in charge of the fashion store where the bitchy clerks refused to wait on her... then the film takes a right turn into The Devil Wears Prada territory... and not in a good way. Vivica A. Fox had the best story arc, but they put her on a "YUR THE GREATEST! YUR THE WORST!" loop that made her seem psychotic. A story that's more fashion and New York real estate than anything else, this is a pretty klutzy effort.

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Summer Love (Summer Nights • Rachael Leigh Cook, Lucas Bryant and Travis Milne • August 20, 2016)
This love triangle movie starts off okay thanks to you really wanting to root for Rachael Leigh Cook, a single mother taking an internship for college credit. But once she is courted by both her boss and the president of the company, things get pretty messy pretty fast. I liked the concept, but the implementation fell short and I found myself bored too often.

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Summer of Dreams (Summer Nights • Debbie Gibson, Robert Gant, and Pascale Hutton • August 27, 2016)
In a kinda art-imitating life situation, Debbie Gibson playing fading pop star Debbie Taylor seems an interesting idea. Sadly the story here is not so interesting... it's a direct lift from Sister Act but with a music teacher instead of nuns. Fortunately, she has the charisma to make it work, and this actually ended up being a much better movie than it had a right to be.

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Love on a Limb
(Fall Harvest • Ashley Williams, Trevor Donovan, and Marilu Henner • October 1, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Autumn in the Vineyard
(Fall Harvest • Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny • October 8, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Good Pumpkin Pie Wars (Fall Harvest • Julie Gonzalo and Eric Aragon • October 15, 2016)
This is one of those movies that I started watching when it debuted a couple years ago, but it was so awful that I couldn't get past the first ten minutes. But, in my quest to watch all the Hallmark originals, I decided to dig in and give it another shot. — SAME THING. It's just SO BAD at the start that I thought I'd give up on it again. And then... fifteen minutes in... and it's pretty good! Turns out that the horrible opening is what makes the whole plot work! Go figure! I SHOULD HAVE HAD FAITH IN YOU, HALLMARK!

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A Wish for Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Lacey Chabert, Paul Greene and Andrea Brooks   October 29, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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The Mistletoe Promise
(Countdown to Christmas • Jaime King and Luke Macfarlane • November 5, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Every Christmas Has a Story
(Countdown to Christmas • Lori Loughlin and Colin Ferguson • November 12, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Cookies
(Countdown to Christmas • Jill Wagner and Wes Brown • November 13, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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My Christmas Dream
(Countdown to Christmas • Danica McKellar and David Haydn-Jones • November 19, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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A December Bride
(Countdown to Christmas • Jessica Lowndes and Daniel Lissing • November 20, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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⊗ NO Broadcasting Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Melissa Joan Hart and Dean Cain • November 23, 2016)
Usually I don't give a crap about somebody's politics. I am easily able to separate an actor from their work, and do so all the time. Democrat? Republican? I'm neither, so I honestly don't care. But there's no way I'm supporting the career of somebody who is in bed with the toxic waste assholes at the Family Research Council like Dean Cain. Guess I'll have to be happy with watching all the Hallmark movies except the handful he appears in.

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Christmas in Homestead
(Countdown to Christmas • Taylor Cole and Michael Rady • November 24, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas List
(Countdown to Christmas • Alicia Witt and Gabriel Hogan • November 25, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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A Heavenly Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Kristin Davis, Eric McCormack and Shirley MacLaine • November 26, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Journey Back to Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Candace Cameron Bure, Oliver Hudson and Brooke Nevin • November 27, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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A Dream of Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Nikki Deloach and Andrew Walker • December 3, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Looks Like Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Anne Heche and Dylan Neal • December 4, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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A Nutcracker Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Amy Acker, Sascha Radetsky and Sophia Lucia • December 10, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Love You Like Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Bonnie Somerville and Brennan Elliott • December 11, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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My Christmas Love
(Countdown to Christmas • Meredith Hagner, Bobby Campo and Gregory Harrison • December 17, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Sleigh Bells Ring
(Countdown to Christmas • Erin Cahill and David Alpay • December 18, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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When Calls the Heart Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing and Lori Loughlin • December 25, 2016)
Not seen yet.

Hallmark Murders & Mysteries Channel Originals 2016

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Love Always, Santa
(Marguerite Moreau and Mike Faiola • November 6, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Finding Father Christmas
(Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, and Wendie Malick • November 13, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Operation Christmas
(Tricia Helfer and Marc Blucas • November 20, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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I'll Be Home for Christmas
(James Brolin, Mena Suvari, and John Reardon • November 27, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Hearts of Christmas
(Emilie Ullerup, Kristoffer Polaha, and Sharon Lawrence • December 4, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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Sound of Christmas
(Lindy Booth and Robin Dunne • December 11, 2016)
Not seen yet.

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A Christmas to Remember
(Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison • December 18, 2016)
Not seen yet.

   

   

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