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Arthur Christmas Reviews

Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 5, 2011
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 5, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

December 2, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

November 25, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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With a clever script that successfully updates many Christmas myths and dialogue that crackles with sophisticated wit, this movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

November 24, 2011
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Everything you see in Arthur Christmas is fashioned in the service of telling a story ... brilliantly

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 23, 2011
John Anderson
Newsday
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The results are not only funny and fresh, but represent a new way of tackling the whole yuletide paradigm: Santa as a high-tech hereditary monarchy.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 23, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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For the kids, the action is always lively and, for the rest of us, the dialogue has a witty and even caustic edge.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 23, 2011
Trey Graham
NPR
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The surprise gift of the season: a sharp, savvy holiday comedy that doesn't get its laughs at the expense of those who start to glow in the early days of December. It's a most entertaining package indeed.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 23, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Good for the kids, good for the parents, and good for Christmas.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

November 23, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The premise recalls those sophisticated lies parents cook up when their kids start asking logical questions about Santa.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 23, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Unexpectedly fresh, despite the familiar-sounding premise.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 23, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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An animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder you'd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

November 23, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Hilarious, fast-paced and superbly entertaining.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 23, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It would be a Christmas miracle save for one lump of coal: an ear-shattering Justin Bieber song over the end credits.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2011
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
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Like most of Aardman's work ... [it's] more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believable

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

November 22, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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It's a lovely bit of work.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 22, 2011
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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Take it as you will: a special Christmastime treat, or a gift-wrapped cross-promotional fruitcake (um, thanks?) from Aardman's Hollywood partners.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2011
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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What makes Arthur sing is that it plays as much like a family comedy as a holiday film.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If "Arthur Christmas" doesn't make you happy, I honestly don't know what's wrong with you.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2011
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Arthur Christmas gets a little sappy toward the end -- it is a Christmas movie, after all -- but it otherwise strikes just the right combination of naughty and nice, reverent and irrelevant, holiday-sweet and Aardman dry.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

November 22, 2011
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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This kind of thing can be disastrous in the wrong hands, but Arthur Christmas maintains a sharp wit that perfectly counterbalances its lovely (and, by the end, fully earned) holiday sentimentality.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

November 22, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The North Pole Control Room may be cold but the emotions are warm, delivering sweetness when it counts.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 22, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Both Nighy and Broadbent do wonderful, richly funny voice work.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 22, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's good. Frantic, yes, sometimes aggressively so. There's some padding in the airborne sequences built to exploit the 3-D format. But a tender and upbeat spirit informs the writing and the execution.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2011
Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Arthur Christmas" stays sweet without becoming overly sentimental and is filled with sly details and smart action sequences.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's difficult to come up with a new spin on something as established as a Christmas movie, but "Arthur Christmas" does a good job of it.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 22, 2011
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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The plot may be a little too cluttered for the toddler crowd to follow, but the next age group up should be amused, and the script by Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith has plenty of sly jokes for grown-ups.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 22, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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The movie is dense with witty visual detail that helps to distract from the somewhat trumped-up moral dilemma at its center.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2011
David Germain
Associated Press
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In her directing debut, Aardman veteran Sarah Smith and her co-writer Peter Baynham offer a fresh look at the Santa legend: a flawed Claus.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2011
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Arthur Christmas feels less insularly British than previous Aardman releases; there's plenty here for all ages and nationalities, including the sly but entirely welcome suggestion that female characters have been under-credited in previous yuletide tales.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 10, 2011
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Leave it to the folks who brought us Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 10, 2011
Derek Adams
Time Out
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What makes this festive fantasy engaging is the savvy way in which it debunks cold efficiency in favour of more wholesome values. It's just a pity Arthur himself is so bland.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2011
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