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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 hisDisney'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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. A marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie.
  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. This time, though, Zemeckis has another technical trick up his sleeve – 3-D – and for once the gimmick succeeds.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    This Christmas Carol seems like a pale ghost of Dickens' magical Christmas classic.
  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. 50
    Zemeckis captures all the story’s terror, but its pathos has always been the real challenge, and it mostly eludes him.
  7. This sad excuse for family entertainment tries to enshrine a classic while defacing it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. RayR.
    Nov 9, 2009
    10
    This is the BEST 3D/animated film that I have ever seen. The animation is amazing because they're doing things in this film that could This is the BEST 3D/animated film that I have ever seen. The animation is amazing because they're doing things in this film that could never be done in a live movie. The long action sequence could have been shortened and it wouldn't have taken anything away from the rest of the film. I was completely spellbound and captivated by what was on the screen. Before half the film was over, I had decided to see it again. Great job! Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2010
    10
    Excellent Animated retelling of the Dickens classic,The 3D Immerses you into the faithful recreation of Dickens's world,and travels you alongExcellent Animated retelling of the Dickens classic,The 3D Immerses you into the faithful recreation of Dickens's world,and travels you along at breakneck speed,a modern day Christmas Classic 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. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    "A Christmas Carol" is a exhilarating Christmas movie that joyful remakes the original book into a marvelous interpretation.
  5. Jan 9, 2011
    7
    It was good. The 3D was 10/10 but I was bored at times.
  6. Oct 26, 2010
    6
    its way too dark and scary for kids, but to be fair, its not a bad movie. Jim Carrey and the other actors were decent and the visuals were good.
  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 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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