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  • Summary: Disney's A Christmas Carol, a multi-sensory thrill ride re-envisioned by Robert Zemeckis, captures the fantastical essence of the classic Dickens tale in a groundbreaking 3-D motion picture event. Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late. (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 100
    An exhilarating visual experience and proves for the third time he's (Zemeck) is one of the few directors who knows what he's doing with 3-D.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    A ghost story, a bustling action-adventure and an example of the comedy tour-de-farce, in which the star validates his virtuosity by appearing in a plethora of funny disguises.
  3. 75
    There's something to be said for the power of a classic, even if it has been given an imperfect makeover.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    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 in Disney's A Christmas Carol.
  5. Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol is, in its essence, a product reel, a showy, exuberant demonstration of the glories of motion capture, computer animation and 3D technology. On that level, it's a wow. On any emotional level, it's as cold as Marley's Ghost.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    This Christmas Carol seems like a pale ghost of Dickens' magical Christmas classic.
  7. This sad excuse for family entertainment tries to enshrine a classic while defacing it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. nancyc.
    Nov 7, 2009
    10
    This movie is not for wee ones..We took 2 of our grandchildren last night (4 & 5 yrs ).They were asleep in under 10 minutes..BUT WE WERE SPELLBOUND....Our kids are accustomed to 3-D.. no biggie.. but without dialog comprehension ..all that was left was frightful (though spectacular) cinematic OMG.. Zemeckis' use of pure Dickens Expand
  2. ChuckW
    Nov 15, 2009
    10
    I wish critics would review the movie, NOT the motion capture technology used to make the film (like so many critics seem to be doing). If this movie was made with standard CGI, like the Pixar movies, people would be raving. Rather, they keep going back to "Polar Express" and complaining about that! This film is very well done and has plenty of heart, soul and depth. Zemeckis has re-imagined this tale with true artistic vision. His use of technology puts him at the forefront of fine film making. Bravo! Expand
  3. Nov 27, 2011
    10
    I have heard the story of A Christmas Carol numerous times, but this adaption of the story is the greatest by far. It is darker than you would expect.
  4. AndyH
    Dec 10, 2009
    8
    With a classic like this, the storey is key. The performance capture technique allows Jim Carrey to produce wonderful characters (esp. as Scrooge) that put the tale across in a compelling way. The first 2 spirits while initially jovial and odd, credibly reveal the dark-side of Scrooge in a chilling way. On the downside, I did not feel much empathy for the Tiny Tim character. The finer points and morals of the storey will be lost on kids, e.g. wealth compared to poverty, the children representing Ignorance and Want. I was a little bored in some of the Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2011
    7
    It was good. The 3D was 10/10 but I was bored at times.
  6. AlbertS
    Nov 22, 2009
    6
    Plenty of scary scenes, not recommended for children younger than 7 yrs. old. This movie was like a roller coaster ride, some scenes were like watching a masterpiece and then other scenes were just dull. Overall leaving a felling that it could had been better. If it wasn't in 3D it would had been a complete disappointment. Expand
  7. AlexB.
    Nov 12, 2009
    0
    I would have walked after the film revealed the hoorible ghost of christmas past if my sister had not treated us. It had such a light voice and a lisp that you couldn't hear a word it said. The animation was redundent and with so few actors playing so many different characters, kids where getting confused whether they were the same person in different suits. Jim Carey and Gary Oldman have fun but i'm afraid thats all who will. Robert Zemekis needs to give up on this medium of film making because it's getting a bit old. I only hope that Peter Jackson and Steven Speilberg don't screw up Tin Tin with the same technology. Expand

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