• PG-13, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Zucker
    In Theaters:
    Oct 3, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 30, 2008
  • Vivendi Entertainment


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An American Carol Reviews

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The gags come fast and furiously with one-liners to make the case that liberals don't have exclusive rights to humor in Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

November 15, 2008
Kevin A. Ranson

... while it may be (director David Zucker's) passion for the (obvious conservative agenda), it's easily more entertaining than either Scary Movie 3 or 4.

Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2008
Eric D. Snider

I'm giving it a just-barely-recommended grade not because it's terribly funny (which it isn't), but because it's fascinating as a cultural artifact.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B-

October 3, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The right should follow Zucker's lead engage its liberal opposition with humor rather than the crass protests and attempts at bans usually flung at Moore's films.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2008
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's neat to see a movie from another point of view... Still, the movie has a message, and that message gets in the way of the comedy at least half of the time

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

You could strip every last marginally political idea from the movie, and it would still probably be one of the most grueling, unfunny things released that year.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

May 5, 2011
William Goss

It is hard to believe that a comedy this singularly inept and downright unfunny came from one of the minds behind one of the funniest comedies of all time, Airplane!.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

December 17, 2009
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

Kada vi%u0161e potrebe za Michaelom Mooreom ne bude, potrebe za filmovima koje tog istog Moorea parodiraju bit %u0107e jo%u0161 manje.

Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/10

December 14, 2009
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix

Using sledgehammer gags in the service of a dissent-bashing tale, Zucker aims for the flag-waving brio of Warner Bros. cartoons during World War II, but he succeeds only in ruining Farley's big break.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1/4

April 23, 2009
Bill Gibron

just too insular to be engaging

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

December 31, 2008
Pete Hammond

What could have been an amusing riff looks more like a propaganda film out to destroy Moore rather than spoof him.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 1/5

November 20, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... the jokes are lame and the caricatures too removed from any defensible reality.

November 12, 2008
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

An American Carol dares to mock the Left, but it forgets to bring the funny.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2/4

October 31, 2008
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Zucker's film reeks of a deeply insecure psychosis, one that's often insultingly mislabeled as patriotism -- which is how it gets away with wrapping itself in red, white and blue while simultaneously ridiculing our Bill Of Rights.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

October 29, 2008
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald

An American Carol, David Zucker's mirthless conservative rally guised as an update on Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale, hits a new low.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: D

October 18, 2008
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

This movie is seriously unfunny, and it's not just my admittedly left-wing politics that are in the way of my getting the joke.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0.5/5

October 18, 2008
Jason MacNeil
Jam! Movies

Nice try, but I'd watch Airplane! again first.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 18, 2008
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Overall, Zucker's cinematic middle finger is about as funny as an exploding toilet seat for hemorrhoid-induced senior citizens...a dreary picture mired in sophomoric sludge.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 14, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Utterly asinine, sophomoric, tasteless, the movie has much in common with Zucker's Airplane!, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and Scary Movie sequels, minus the laughs.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

October 13, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

...too unfocused and ill-disciplined to work either as Dickens pastiche or as political satire.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2008
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