Disney's a Christmas Carol Reviews

  • All style and no substance, Disney's A Christmas Carol is a yawn inducing retread of a tired fable.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Disney's A Christmas Carol is a marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie, and the miracle is that it goes right back to the gilded Victorian spirit of those black-and-white films of yore.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A branded piece of shiny seasonal entertainment.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There is a weird lack of passion here, almost condescension, a sense that Scrooge's agonised moral journey into his past is potentially pretty dull, and so Zemeckis is always livening things up by whooshing the old miser excitingly through the night sky.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A re-telling should either present a resonant or fresh thematic take. This Christmas Carol seems like a pale ghost of Dickens' magical Christmas classic.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's a heartwarmer that doesn't have much of a heart itself.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Shockingly, the new film turns out to be very good, at times close to brilliant: a darkly detailed marvel of creative visualization that does well by Dickens and right by audiences -- when it's not trying to sell them a theme park ride.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A Christmas Carol is a whiz-bang 3-D thrill-ride with all the emotional satisfaction squeezed out of it.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • As the lead character, Carrey's CG-created body is spindly and bent, and he has fun with his vocal performance, turning every word into a strangled hiss.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • To put it bluntly, if Scroogely, Disney's 3-D animated version of A Christmas Carol is a calamity.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A Christmas Carol is a worthy stab at mixing old and new, a vintage tale done with some fresh dazzle and a reminder that the movies can still bring the wow.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Does this entertainment achieve a timelessness beyond its exquisite source material? Not even. Yet there's pleasure to be had and relief in feeling the filmmakers didn't Scrooge it up either.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The movie may be yet another retelling of an iconic story, but visually it is often quite breathtaking.

    Mary F. Pols — MSN Movies

  • The story that Dickens wrote in 1838 remains timeless, and if it's supercharged here with Scrooge swooping the London streets as freely as Superman, well, once you let ghosts into a movie, there's room for anything.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Just when you give up on it, usually in the middle of its latest, extraneous, gyroscoping thrill-ride sequence, Zemeckis reminds you that he's capable of true visual dynamism, enhanced but not wholly dictated by the digital landscape he so clearly adores.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Zemeckis captures all the story's terror, but its pathos has always been the real challenge, and it mostly eludes him.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Carrey's performance as the miserly misanthrope is lost amid effects more typically encountered in theme-park and video-game adventures. (P.S.: Is it just me, or does it also peeve you that the Mouse House claims proprietary rights on Dickens' title?)

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Favors thrill-ride effects that are more often the star than the servant of the story. It's like "Silent Night" played by Led Zeppelin.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Want the creeps for Christmas? Then check out the latest version of A Christmas Carol.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Shortchanging traditional animation by literalizing it while robbing actors of their full range of facial expressiveness, the performance-capture technique favored by director Robert Zemeckis looks more than ever like the emperor's new clothes.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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