Arthur Christmas Reviews

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 14, 2014
Don't go expecting a sequel, but do go expecting all the unforced festive spirit you could hope for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
December 14, 2014
Parents may shed a nostalgic tear or two, while their children can enjoy spotting all the witty visual details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 14, 2014
Aimed squarely at children, but painless to keep grown-ups from checking their watches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
December 14, 2014
It's disarming, imaginative and genuinely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
December 14, 2014
The script (co-written by debut feature director Sarah Smith) is fortified with meaning and smarts and plays well for both children and adults.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 14, 2014
Arthur Christmas makes a welcome addition to the holiday movie line-up, because it's a movie that one can watch repeatedly without it becoming as stale as last year's fruitcake.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
December 14, 2014
The comedy works. But there's not much to the characters that proves memorable. It's not a bad movie, but...

Film4
December 14, 2014
An utterly charming Christmas yarn which seems destined to become a holiday staple thanks to its wonderfully detailed animation, abundance of gags and brilliantly drawn characters.
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
December 14, 2014
Without a loaded cast, or recognizable character name or brand, Arthur Christmas might be overlooked by audiences. Here's hoping that won't be the case. Some Christmas gifts are worth the extra effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Serba
MLive.com
December 14, 2014
It occasionally toes the line of manic hyperactivity, but never becomes shrill or too cloyingly sentimental -- or rife with lazy bodily function humor -- as some overeager family fare can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
December 14, 2014
What results has its moments of wily inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
December 14, 2014
This witty, handsomely appointed 3-D animated feature is the most delightful Santa biopic since Edmund Gwenn donned the fat suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
December 14, 2014
The movie runs a bit long and would benefit from fewer pit stops, but the gags are quick and often sharp.
Neil Smith
Total Film
December 14, 2014
Arthur is at its best during a world tour that takes McAvoy, his granddad and their sleigh from Toronto to the Serengeti. But often it seems familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 14, 2014
It's a delightfully funny Christmas tale with plenty of jokes for young and old alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Knight
National Post
December 6, 2013
A film that kids and grown-ups can enjoy in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine
December 6, 2013
This animated feature from Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation is a feel-good family film with spunk and originality, the kind that has not been seen since the first of The Santa Clause franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Bah humbug!
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
A new Christmas classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 28, 2012
The Aardman animators know a thing or three about sight gags and throw-away lines, and they pile up quickly, here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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