The Muppet Christmas Carol Reviews

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Charlotte Runcie
Daily Telegraph
December 26, 2013
Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
November 22, 2012
There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 22, 2012
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
November 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Smith
Total Film
November 19, 2012
There are plenty of laughs and a host of memorable songs crooned by everyone from Miss Piggy to Statler and Waldorf.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 22, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Henry Sheehan
Hollywood Reporter
November 27, 2007
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 27, 2007
Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 27, 2007
A mixed bag of mixed moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
This is the dullest and least successful adaptation of the Christmas chestnut I've ever seen.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Good fun.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 7, 2006
...an above-average Muppet movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 6, 2005
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 30, 2005
It's hard not to smile at this one and be moved by it at the same time. (Anniversary Edition)
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 20, 2005
With so many good versions of this story on film, it's a little difficult to recommend this telling
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 7, 2003
Fun, but seems to be missing a magical tone that'd you'd hope for when combining the Muppets and Dickens.
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
February 24, 2003
Rizzo the Rat needs his own movie. Michael Caine, on the other hand, doesn't.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 5, 2003
Another Muppet classic. The best "Christmas Carol" adaptation yet!
| Original Score: 5/5
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