Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)



Critic Consensus: Robert Zemeckis' 3-D animated take on the Dickens classic tries hard, but its dazzling special effects distract from an array of fine performances from Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG (for scary sequences and images)
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Zemeckis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2010
Box Office: $137.8M
Walt Disney Studios - Official Site


Jim Carrey
as Scrooge/Ghosts of Ch...
Bob Hoskins
as Fezziwig/Old Joe
Gary Oldman
as Bob Cratchit/Marley/...
Leslie Zemeckis
as Fred's Wife
Cary Elwes
as Dick Wilkins/Portly ...
Robin Wright
as Belle/Fan
Jacquie Barnbrook
as Mrs. Fezziwig/Fred's...
Lesley Manville
as Mrs. Cratchit
Molly Quinn
as Belinda Cratchit
Fay Masterson
as Martha Cratchit/Caro...
Daryl Sabara
as Peter Cratchit/Under...
Ryan Ochoa
as Cratchit Boy/Caroler...
Sammi Hanratty
as Young Cratchit Girl/...
Fionnula Flanagan
as Mrs. Dilber
Callum Blue
as Caroline's Husband
Raymond Ochoa
as Caroline's Child
Steve Valentine
as Funerary Undertaker/...
Julian Holloway
as Fat Cook/Portly Man ...
Kerry Hoyt
as Adult Ignorance
Julene Renee
as Adult Want
Sonje Fortag
as Fred's Housemaid/Wel...
Paul Blackthorne
as Guest 3/Business Man...
Ryan Sage
as Tattered Caroler
Amber Gainey Meade
as Tattered Caroler/Wel...
Bobbi Page
as Tattered Caroler/Wel...
Ron Bottitta
as Tattered Caroler/Wel...
Aaron Rapke
as Well-Dressed Caroler
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Critic Reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (38)

One cannot help but feel the same effect could have been accomplished by simply making a live action film with state-of-the-art visual effects.

Full Review… | June 10, 2012

A remarkable and effective adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel that manages to overcome the familiarity of its source material and become something more fulfilling.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012

A supernatural parable of terrifying, chain-rattling spirits and mind-warping time travel, with a theme of social responsibility that extends far beyond seasonal cheer.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
American Profile

Bah humbug: Zemeckis and Carrey screw with Scrooge.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011

Zemeckis and Disney's collaboration brings about a cold and forgettable variation using the advent of animation and technology to destroy the magic...

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Zemeckis's retelling of A Christmas Carol is solid, most importantly letting the story itself shine through where it naturally does.

Full Review… | November 22, 2010
Window to the Movies

Audience Reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol


As an adaptation of a classic story that has been told so many times, this is an impressively well-done motion capture animation with a very fine performance by Jim Carrey. Even so, it would have been better if Zemeckis had left out some of its endless roller coaster ride moments.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol shouldn't be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. With some superb multi roles from Jim Carrey, who is Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas, whereas Gary Oldman is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. These superb leads receive Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright as perfect supporting roles. Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I'm aware there are those who aren't fond of the visuals, at least the characters don't look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis' previous animated work 'The Polar Express'. Overall, I have been watching this every Christmas season because I feel it fits perfectly for such a time of the year. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

I'm wondering why Zemeckis is so interested in these fully motion captured CGI films, first we had the awful 'Polar Express' then 'Beowulf' which was slightly better and now this, another version of Dickens Christmas ghostie story. I guess you gotta expect new versions every other year or so 'sigh'.

I have heard this looks great in 3D, I have not seen it in 3D so I can't comment, as for 2D its good but nothing special, the voices in use are a good selection. Hoskins is of course perfect as is Oldman, Elwes and Penn I'm not so sure about where as Carrey is actually not bad, but not great either. The creators deemed it wise to make the characters appear like the stars so unfortunately we have 'Scrooge' looking like an aged Carrey haha which kinda makes it feel like a stupid Carrey film, luckily Carrey does perform sensibly.

It looks nice, very sharp and crisp but the motion capture CGI is still horrible and spooky to be honest, it would have looked so much nicer with 'regular' CGI characters. Its also quite scary in places for kids with afew jumpy moments which actually added to the atmosphere nicely but not good for the very young. A nice tale looking very rich and glossy but its also kinda dull and boring as we all know the story backwards by now, the best version for me is still 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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