“Spooky, Scary And Unbelievably Silly!”
“Tim Burton's Stop Motion Pictures Part I: The Nightmare Before Christmas”
“Magical In Every Aspect...”
“THE MOST OVERRATED FILM EVER!!!”
“We'll Done Burt...We'll Done.”
“If A Couldn't Guess That I Liked This Movie Check Da Name!!”
“One Of The Shortest Movies Ever....but Also One Of The Best!”
“And One More Thing... Leave That No Account Oogie Boogie Out Of This!”
“THE GREATNESS BEFORE CHRISTMAS”
“Good Family And Unfamily Movie”
“*sings Theme Tune*”
“What A Great Movie.”
“This Movie Rocks!”
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
O tom divertidamente sombrio da narrative, associado a uma direcao de arte magnifica e a otima trilha de Elfman, acaba resultando num conto de fadas que deve tanto aos Grimm quanto ao Expressionismo Alemao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The thin story (the denizens of Halloween Town take over Christmas) is overpowered by the deliciousness of the images.
Dean Essner - Irish Times
inspiring, wacky, and infused with Burton's unique romanticism suffused with, but not subsumed by, a gothic sensibility
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A twisted revamp of Rankin-Bass by way of Edward Gorey. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
a brilliant feat of movie making
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This hugely entertaining horror fable for all the family might suffer from pacing problems, but it's also a true original that still stands out from today's CGI-heavy crowd.
Saxon Bullock - Film4
The result, though refreshingly different from mainstream animated fare, is ultimately more trick than treat.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Still as fresh as the day it was released in 1993 and now in dazzling 3D, Tim Burton's stop-motion animated Nightmare Before Christmas is a compelling feast of twisted characters and imagery
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The characters are vivid and often hilariously revolting.... Visually, the film is absolutely gorgeous.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Is it cooler than ever in 3-D? Well, sure. But essentially, it's the same movie that drew Tim Burton fans into theaters in 1993.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is the movie puts the "oooh" back in "boo."
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
As original a vision as anything Tim Burton ever came up with, The Nightmare Before Christmas holds up amazingly well 12 years after its initial release.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The bizarre but beguiling characters in Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas truly do dwell in a world of their own.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The story of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King,... is like Jack himself - spindly and thin, but with a resounding voice.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Re-imagining "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as a three dimensional film has taken Henry Selick's modern masterwork and turned it into a timeless classic.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Concise, elegant, a tad scary, this is a treat for Halloween.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
feels like it should have always been in 3-D.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
If the 3-D fails to grab you as much as you might hope, it never takes you out of the movie, which is a remarkable feat.
Daniel Gray Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a veritable bounty of visual delights.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Watching something like this on the big screen is always better than seeing it on DVD. Period.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
The script's non-stop momentum suits the roller-coaster photography -- and the punchy running time brings things to a close before eye-strain sets in.
Ben Walters - Time Out
Light, amusingly macabre, droll, looking and sounding freshly minted...a marvelous holiday treat with luscious tricks up its sleeve.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's an inspired idea that allows for all kinds of wickedness and invention, and the filmmakers take it to the limit. But the movie's tone is lighthearted, kept buoyant by Elfman's songs and holiday cheer.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This is an amazing looking film.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The story, characters, music, and look of the film come together to form one complete, unified work with a consistent tone and feeling.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A magical celebration of the imagination.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Awesome stop motion animation, brilliant fantasy story and great music. A must!
Fred Topel - About.com
Although this is often mistaken for being directed by Tim Burton, his unique and creative imagination is clearly the film's fuel, followed ,of course, by the impressive claymation.
Greg Muskewitz - eFilmCritic.com
James Hill - BET.com
Annoying music by Danny Elfman.
Shellie Iliff - Palo Alto Weekly
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
In many ways it is a very clever film, but it never lives up to the promise of its visual brilliance.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's a Dead Man's Party in Santa's Village ... clever and infectious
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
A timeless (and often headless) classic.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
With painstaking stop-motion photography, director Selick and his team have created a fluid universe that is not so much a cartoon world as a pretend world.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Some kind of bizarre classic.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Feels longer than it is, but still good fun.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A decade of overexposure still can't diminish its iconoclastic glee.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Freaky fairy tale has fluffy story line, fantastic visuals.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Burton has produced a timeless classic.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
One addictive picture which you won't be able to help but watch again and again
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
An increasingly popular holiday classic.
Dean Essner - Boxoffice Magazine
Una joya de la cinematografia animada y musical.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Despite the macabre humor, there’s something touchingly innocent about Halloweentown.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Likely to appeal to grown-ups of all ages--while putting the fear of God into kids--it's a perfect antidote to standard festive fare and evidence of the rich and varied possibilities of stop-motion animation. In a word, wonderful.
Dean Essner - BBC
From the on-again off-again career of Tim Burton comes a film so original and incredibly creative that it genuinely is unlikely to be surpassed as a holiday film for decades.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Wonderfully dark and moody children's Halloween tale that gently stirs all of the required elements of humour, musical charisma, children's imagination and amazing special effects in a successful simmering pot of entertainment.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Burton, Elfman and director Henry Selick, whose camera movements are more inventive than most live-action pictures, have certainly created one of the most surprisingly unique films to come along in many a full moon.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Nightmare is delightfully unique, just not a dream come true.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Laura Clifford - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's not just child's play for the holidays; it's a movie about how to be truly happy in a tough world
Max Messier - Filmcritic.com
The Nightmare Before Christmas is perhaps the first movie that is delightfully horrible, gruesomely sweet and wholesome.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A bizarre, but engrossing film.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews