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Disney's A Christmas Carol Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

With a price tag of $175 million, Zemeckis might have even been able to pinch some pennies by abandoning the mo-cap and filming A Christmas Carol in live action. Hmm, I sound a little like Scrooge. Bah humbug!

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

October 27, 2010
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The whole enterprise is just so empty and pointless, a bunch of bland technical wizardry that will be dated in five years.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 5, 2009
Don Groves
sbs.com.au

Bah humbug: Zemeckis and Carrey screw with Scrooge.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2011

There's a certain irony in having a timeless tale about a man finding his soul being told in the most soulless way possible

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 5/10

December 7, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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A Christmas Carol is a whiz-bang 3-D thrill-ride with all the emotional satisfaction squeezed out of it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 3, 2009

Bob Hoskins looks just right as kind old Mr. Fezziwig, but that may be more of a testament to the actor's physiognomy than to the motion-capture process, which makes most of the film's cast look like they just sauntered out of Madame Tussauds.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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To put it bluntly, if Scroogely, Disney's 3-D animated version of A Christmas Carol is a calamity.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 5, 2009
Julian Roman
MovieWeb

All style and no substance, Disney's A Christmas Carol is a yawn inducing retread of a tired fable.

Full Review Source: MovieWeb | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2009
Seth Abramovitch
Movieline

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 5/10

November 6, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Robert Zemeckis seeks to answer the one question still remaining about the Dickens classic: What would the story look like if it were cast with figures from Madame Tussauds?

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 8, 2009
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Despite the obvious care given the story, at its heart it is a dry lump of coal. This "Christmas Carol" is curiously remote and cold.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The razzle-dazzle is just about seamless, but warmth is sacrificed along the way

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

December 8, 2009
James Rocchi
Redbox

The good news about A Christmas Carol, then, is that Dickens' story -- the pure power of it, the grace and gentleness, the sensibility and sentiment of it -- cannot be drowned or destroyed no matter how many technicians and dollars are thrown at it.

Full Review Source: Redbox | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 6, 2009
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online

As for this 'performance capture,' rife with characters sporting the annoying wandering eye, it might be time for an intervention, ghostly or not. You're a filmmaker, Mr. Z, not a puppeteer. Enough is enough.

Full Review Source: Indie Movies Online | Original Score: 4.5/10

November 6, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

November 3, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

Scrooge's ultimate transformation to kindness and charity comes too late and is given little screen time. Carrey never gets a chance to be the funny comedian that has endeared him to his legion of fans.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2009
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

Charles Dickens's reflective, universal story becomes fodder for a technological thrill ride starring a rough approximation of Jim Carrey.

Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Boasts dazzling CGI effects and important moral lessons, but it suffers from excessive style over substance while lacking the genuine, unadulturated warmth, emotional resonance and soul of the Dickens classic.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.0/10

November 6, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

After round two in Jim Carrey vs. Holiday Classics, it's Carrey 2, Classics 0.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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By the time A Christmas Carol finishes piling its many shiny presents with their many bells and whistles under the tree, there's no room left for tears for Tiny Tim. Bah humbug indeed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 5, 2009
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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