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Robert Zemeckis' 3-D animated take on the Dickens classic tries hard, but its dazzling special effects distract from an array of fine performances from Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. Read critic reviews

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Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it's all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

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Jim Carrey
Ebenezer Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Past, Ghost of Christmas Present, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
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Robin Wright Penn
Belle, Fan
Voice
Gary Oldman
Bob Cratchit, Marley, Tiny Tim
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Colin Firth
Fred
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Bob Hoskins
Fezziwig, Old Joe
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Cary Elwes
Portly Gentleman 1, Dick Wilkins, Mad Fiddler, Guest 2, Businessman 1,
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Fionnula Flanagan
Mrs. Dilber
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Lesley Manville
Mrs. Cratchit
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Fay Masterson
Caroline, Martha Cratchit
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Callum Blue
Caroline's Husband
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Robert Zemeckis
Screenwriter
Robert Presley
Cinematographer
Doug Chiang
Production Design
Alan Silvestri
Original Music
Norman Newberry
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Critic Reviews for Disney's A Christmas Carol

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  • While for some there is something disconcerting about the lifeless eyes of the otherwise life like characters, it certainly lends itself to large 3D cinemas, with rubber faced characters and grand sweeping movement.

    February 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The biggest surprise is that Zemeckis, so often in thrall to his digital palette, here uses it to freshly illuminate a time-honored text.

    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The greatest tension in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol isn't between Scrooge and those pesky ghosts but within writer-director Robert Zemeckis.

    November 12, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The motion capture animation is top-notch and it's hard not to be impressed with what Robert Zemeckis has wrought, even if there's the occasional sense he's pandering to an audience that can't get through a 90 minute story without a few yuks and a chase.

    November 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • How they made it into this Disney adaptation unprettified is a Christmas miracle in itself.

    November 6, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Zemeckis' film preserves much of Dickens' original dialogue and detail while amplifying the utter ethereal strangeness of the ghosts.

    November 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 30, 2020
    Much better than I anticipated. I appreciate Zemeckis leaning into the gothic horror and Carrey gives some really strong performances.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2013
    Though it's one of the most adapted literary works, Disney's A Christmas Carol delivers a uniquely daring and bold vision that emphasizes the darker aspects of the story. Yet even with the darker take, the film stays remarkably faithful to the novel; especial in regards to the dialog. In fact, this adaption includes several aspects of Dickens' tale that are often overlooked; such as the religious undertones. However, the animation style doesn't really work, and is inconstant in the level of depth and detail in the art design. But despite the production shortcomings, Disney's A Christmas Carol still manages to be an incredibly compelling and imaginative telling of Charles Dickens' immoral classic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2013
    While Christmas is a lovely time to watch films that suit that time of the year, I feel that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol shouldn't be missed. It may not be the most iconic or essential Chrismas movie, however, it definitely one of the better adaptations of Charles Dickens classic, as well as being a personal favourite. With some superb multi roles from Jim Carrey, who is Scrooge and the 3 ghosts of Christmas, whereas Gary Oldman is Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. These superb leads receive Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins and Robin Wright as perfect supporting roles. Ultimately, the visuals were astounding, particularly of how the motion capture makes the characters more human than previously seen in animation. Although I'm aware there are those who aren't fond of the visuals, at least the characters don't look as creepy as those seen in Zemeckis' previous animated work 'The Polar Express'. Overall, I have been watching this every Christmas season because I feel it fits perfectly for such a time of the year. An unmissable Christmas treat that is perfect for the family.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2011
    "A Christmas Carol". When I was little, I remember watching the rehash of the classic story, Muppets style. Wow, freaking hated it. For someone that doesn't follow up with traditional stories very well, "A Christmas Carol" was a surprising and delightful view on the Christian faith through secular eyes. This ain't a movie for kids; I'd be scared to death by some of these scenes if I were young. The animation: Top-notch. The script: Sharp and fitting. It's not the overall package that had me convinced -- it was the message behind the movie. Good and entertaining time, but just don't think kids will enjoy this for its dialogue and character-driven.
    Albert K Super Reviewer

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