The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 21, 2013
A well-realized and weirdly amusing animated treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2013
Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 3, 2013
This full-length animated movie was shot in stop motion, with all the febrile, twittery fascination that the medium exerts; it has a magic-toy shop feeling, with unexpected objects stuttering into life.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 3, 2013
Pure enchantment, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas creates a unique and wondrous world. This awesome movie is in a class by itself for its use of stop-action animation.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 3, 2013
Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 3, 2013
The Nightmare Before Christmas cleverly refashions its yuletide characters into Edward Gorey refugees.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 3, 2013
Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 3, 2013
Disney's sophisticated stop-motion animation (an advanced version of techniques used to create Gumby) creates a truly breathtaking visual landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 3, 2013
Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2013
Animation is a wonderful medium, but it's almost too compatible with Burton's uninhibited approach. When literally anything goes, even the most original idea can get lost in the creative shuffle.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 3, 2013
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
December 3, 2013
Macabre and astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Total Film
December 3, 2013
So Burton-esque is this world that it remains baffling that he didn't direct, megaphone duties instead falling to Henry Selick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 3, 2013
Only the deliciously demented imagination of Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton could have come up with such a dark vision of the holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 3, 2013
Adults, despite being wowed by the dazzling, geez-how'd-they-do-that animation, will find their attention wandering to Christmases past.
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
In the 13 years since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton's macabre stop motion musical has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 2, 2011
This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
I'm not sure I've ever seen a fantasy film that's at once so visually amazing and so emotionally dead.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 21, 2009
...endlessly delightful, even as it deals in icky bugs and severed limbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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