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Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) Reviews

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Total Film

This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2013
Monika Maurer
Empire Magazine

Lashings of festive cheer and a fair dollop of fine performances will leave you in the mood for mince pies and a renewed sense of seasonal goodwill to all men.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 5, 2012
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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A sturdy 1951 British mounting of the Dickens tale, with Alastair Sim contributing a definitive Scrooge.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 5, 2012
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

The classic book brought to life.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the handful of best Christmas movies ever made.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 5/5

December 25, 2009
Steve Biodrowski

For many decades, this 1951 production was considered to be the best adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and it is easy to see why: it features excellent production values and a wonderful performance by Alastair Sim as Scrooge.

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

December 23, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

If I dare to say it, a more dramatically successful work than Dickens's novella.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

November 29, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Of the many film versions, this one from 1951 with Alastair Sim as Scrooge is the most faithful to the spirit of the book.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

November 11, 2009
Leah Beth Reisman
Entertainment Weekly
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Other Christmas Carols need not apply.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

November 27, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Moves through a brisk 86 minutes with just enough time to linger on poignant moments.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

December 20, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Alastair Sim's performance in Dickens' hoary holiday classic provided one of the defining moments of his career; the result is the definitive filming of the story, breathing life into the familiar plot while earnestly hewing to the author's vision.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

December 4, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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What we have in this rendition of Dickens' sometimes misunderstood Carol is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul.

Full Review Source: New York Times

March 25, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Most agree that Alastair Sim's 1951 spin as Scrooge is the best, and truest to the novel.

| Original Score: A+

October 24, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

September 10, 2004
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

The story is a timeless classic and this is the best direction translation the cinema has provided thus far.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

July 29, 2003
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Dickens' most often filmed work benefits from the always engaging Alastair Sim.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The definitive version! Accept no substitutes! Sim is positively brilliant.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 2, 2003
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