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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 11

It may not be the finest version of Charles Dickens' tale to grace the screen, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is funny and heartwarming, and serves as a good introduction to the story for young viewers.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

It may not be the finest version of Charles Dickens' tale to grace the screen, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is funny and heartwarming, and serves as a good introduction to the story for young viewers.

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Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a

Oct 8, 2002

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The fit between sentiment and satire is not always a comfortable one and the more dedicated fans of either the story or the Muppets may leave theaters dissatisfied.

November 27, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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This is the dullest and least successful adaptation of the Christmas chestnut I've ever seen.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Good fun.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's no great show of wit or tunefulness here, and the ingenious cross-generational touches are fairly rare. But there is a lively kiddie version of the Dickens tale, one that very young viewers ought to understand.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The late Jim Henson would have been proud of the job that his son did directing this production. It's a solid Muppets feature. Call it "The Muppets Take Dickensian London."

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Director Brian Henson should have left brand expectations out of it and simply carried on in the vein of his father's excursions into fantasy.

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

There are plenty of laughs and a host of memorable songs crooned by everyone from Miss Piggy to Statler and Waldorf.

November 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Not, maybe, the most rigorous of Christmas Carol adaptations, although it is a lot more faithful than one would perhaps have expected... at any rate a great Muppet film.

December 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A mixed bag of mixed moods.

November 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...an above-average Muppet movie...

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

Strikes just the right balance of irony and sincerity...genuinely heartwarming, from its opening dedication to Henson and Hunt to its joy-to-the-world finale. [Blu-ray]

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

It's hard not to smile at this one and be moved by it at the same time. (Anniversary Edition)

November 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

With so many good versions of this story on film, it's a little difficult to recommend this telling

November 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Fun, but seems to be missing a magical tone that'd you'd hope for when combining the Muppets and Dickens.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Rizzo the Rat needs his own movie. Michael Caine, on the other hand, doesn't.

February 24, 2003 | Comments (4)
MovieCrypt.com

Another Muppet classic. The best "Christmas Carol" adaptation yet!

February 5, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for The Muppet Christmas Carol

I love the Muppets, this movie is their adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. Stars Michael Caine as Scrooge.
October 14, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

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The Christmas Carol is the only story that I think that no one has ever screwed up in telling a new and improve version of the classic Dickens Tale. This is a basic music rendition with the muppets, but they got probably one of the best Scrooge's ever, They got Michael Caine (Dark Knight, Alfie) who does one of his best performances in this film, he pulls off the jerk so well, and his look and voice truly matched what I thought of hearing every time I read the story. Also the music for the film is extremely well done, and it has some of the best songs that were done in the Muppet films, and that says a lot for the first Muppet film done after Jim Henson and Richard Hunt had died. My favorite song for the film is the song that describes Scrooge and gives his introduction.
November 15, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

I watched this movie a lot when I was younger, but now every time I watch it, it seems worse than I remember it. So, I think kids will enjoy it more than adults. I still like Michael Caine playing Scrooge, though, he is Scrooge for me, I love him. Other than that, the jokes are easy and not so funny, and the sweetness of the whole thing gets on your nerves after a while. Overall, I'd say it's a good movie, but not for watching every single Christmas.
May 2, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

I'm not a fan of the Muppets by any stretch so I never understood why so many people love this interpretation of Scrooge. Michael Caine is okay, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. The endless amount of songs are just annoying and I just don't feel that it's worthy of being considered a classic or even close to it.
January 25, 2011
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

    1. Fozzie Bear: My speech! Here's my Christmas speech. Ahem. 'Thank you all, and Merry Christmas.'
    2. Jacob Marley: That was the speech?
    3. Robert Marley: It was dumb!
    4. Jacob Marley: It was obvious!
    5. Robert Marley: It was pointless!
    6. Jacob Marley: It was... short! [turns to Robert]
    7. Jacob Marley: I loved it! [simultaneously]
    8. Robert Marley: I loved it! [simultaneously]
    – Submitted by Nick S (16 months ago)
    1. Rizzo the Rat: I fell down the chimney and landed on a flaming hot goose!
    2. Great Gonzo: You have all the fun!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Great Gonzo: He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scr...[notices the smudged window of Scrooge's office] Boy, this really *is* a dirty city!
    2. Rizzo the Rat: Heh you're telling me!
    3. Rizzo the Rat: [Gonzo grabs Rizzo and uses him to wipe off the window pane] Thank you for makin' me a part of this!
    4. Great Gonzo: [dropping Rizzo] He was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge: a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, clutching, covetous old sinner!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Kermit the Frog: If you please Mr. Scrooge, it's gotten colder, and the bookkeeping staff would like an extra shovel full of coal for the fire?
    2. Additional Muppet Performer: We can't do the bookkeeping, all our pens have turned to inkcicles!
    3. Additional Muppet Performer: Our assets are frozen!
    4. Ebenezer Scrooge: How would the bookkeeping staff like to be suddenly... UNEMPLOYED?
    5. Additional Muppet Performer: [singing] HEAT WAVE. This is my island in the sun.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Rizzo the Rat: Oh, Gonzo, speak to me! I mean, Mr. Dickens. Charlie! Are ya hurt?
    2. Great Gonzo: [sits up] To say that Scrooge became startled would be untrue. Still the moment had passed, and the world was as it should be.
    3. Rizzo the Rat: He ain't hurt, didn't even break his concentration.
    4. Great Gonzo: Huh?
    5. Rizzo the Rat: Nothing!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Rizzo the Rat: How do you know what Scrooge is doin'? We're down here and he's up there!
    2. Great Gonzo: I told you, storytellers are omniscient; I know everything!
    3. Rizzo the Rat: Hoity-toity, Mr. Godlike Smarty-Pants!
    4. Great Gonzo: To conduct a proper search, Scrooge was forced to light the lamps. [the lamps come on]
    5. Rizzo the Rat: How DOES he do that?
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
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