The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews

  • I'm not sure I've ever seen a fantasy film that's at once so visually amazing and so emotionally dead.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Flattened for years on cable and video, Nightmare has been resurrected in all its tactile glory.

    Scott Brown — Entertainment Weekly

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas is a major step forward for both stop-motion animation, which is stunningly well used, and for Mr. Burton himself. He now moves from the level of extremely talented eccentric to that of Disney-style household word.

    Janet Maslin — New York Times

  • This brilliant combination of stop-motion animation, three-dimensional sets and superbly imaginative graphics, brings animation to new peaks.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • This is a modern classic that enriches the Christmas tradition by turning it on its head and spinning it like a bob.

    Richard Harrington — Washington Post

  • (Producer Tim) Burton's skewed vision is seamlessly realized by director Henry Selick and cleverly enhanced by Danny Elfman's songs.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Thirteen years after its debut, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has gone 3D, which makes a good thing even better.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Working with gifted artists and designers, [Burton] has made a world here that is as completely new as the worlds we saw for the first time in such films as Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Star Wars.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The set designs are ingenious and the songs (music and lyrics by Danny Elfman) are fairly good.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • The hippest of all holiday classics, the 1993 release rendered anew in 3-D format remains a postmodern three-ring circus of morbid humor, eye-popping puppet animation and show-stopping songs.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The director of the film, a veteran stop-action master named Henry Selick, is the person who has made it all work. And his achievement is enormous.

    Roger Ebert — Detroit News

  • The dazzling techniques employed here create a strikinglook that's never been seen in such sustained form, making this a unique curio that will appeal to kids and film enthusiasts alike.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • A work of grand visual wit, clever songs, funny gags and genuine pathos, it is perhaps the greatest stop-motion animated film ever, a painstaking style of model animation that computers have all but completely done away with.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas has something to offer just about everyone.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A fun house of funereal glamour.

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • Of all the new Halloween films, only this one has the power to truly haunt our dreams.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • In the 13 years since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton's macabre stop motion musical has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic.

    Luke Goodsell — Empire Magazine Australasia

  • This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets.

    David Ansen — Newsweek

  • Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.

    Liz Perle — Common Sense Media

  • ...endlessly delightful, even as it deals in icky bugs and severed limbs.

    Josh Larsen — LarsenOnFilm

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