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Disney's A Christmas Carol Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010
With a price tag of $175 million, Zemeckis might have even been able to pinch some pennies by abandoning the mo-cap and filming A Christmas Carol in live action. Hmm, I sound a little like Scrooge. Bah humbug!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 5, 2009
The whole enterprise is just so empty and pointless, a bunch of bland technical wizardry that will be dated in five years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
January 2, 2011
Bah humbug: Zemeckis and Carrey screw with Scrooge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2009
There's a certain irony in having a timeless tale about a man finding his soul being told in the most soulless way possible
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
November 3, 2009
A Christmas Carol is a whiz-bang 3-D thrill-ride with all the emotional satisfaction squeezed out of it.
November 3, 2009
Bob Hoskins looks just right as kind old Mr. Fezziwig, but that may be more of a testament to the actor's physiognomy than to the motion-capture process, which makes most of the film's cast look like they just sauntered out of Madame Tussauds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2009
To put it bluntly, if Scroogely, Disney's 3-D animated version of A Christmas Carol is a calamity.
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
November 4, 2009
All style and no substance, Disney's A Christmas Carol is a yawn inducing retread of a tired fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Seth Abramovitch
Movieline
November 6, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
November 8, 2009
Robert Zemeckis seeks to answer the one question still remaining about the Dickens classic: What would the story look like if it were cast with figures from Madame Tussauds?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
November 6, 2009
Despite the obvious care given the story, at its heart it is a dry lump of coal. This "Christmas Carol" is curiously remote and cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Redbox
November 6, 2009
The good news about A Christmas Carol, then, is that Dickens' story -- the pure power of it, the grace and gentleness, the sensibility and sentiment of it -- cannot be drowned or destroyed no matter how many technicians and dollars are thrown at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 6, 2009
As for this 'performance capture,' rife with characters sporting the annoying wandering eye, it might be time for an intervention, ghostly or not. You're a filmmaker, Mr. Z, not a puppeteer. Enough is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 3, 2009
A Christmas Carol is, in its essence, a product reel, a showy, exuberant demonstration of the glories of motion capture, computer animation and 3D technology. On that level, it's a wow. On any emotional level, it's as cold as Marley's Ghost.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
November 6, 2009
Scrooge's ultimate transformation to kindness and charity comes too late and is given little screen time. Carrey never gets a chance to be the funny comedian that has endeared him to his legion of fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
November 6, 2009
Charles Dickens's reflective, universal story becomes fodder for a technological thrill ride starring a rough approximation of Jim Carrey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 6, 2009
Boasts dazzling CGI effects and important moral lessons, but it suffers from excessive style over substance while lacking the genuine, unadulturated warmth, emotional resonance and soul of the Dickens classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 6, 2009
After round two in Jim Carrey vs. Holiday Classics, it's Carrey 2, Classics 0.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2009
By the time A Christmas Carol finishes piling its many shiny presents with their many bells and whistles under the tree, there's no room left for tears for Tiny Tim. Bah humbug indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Just like a new cover version of a classic song, A Christmas Carol is all crisp technology, same ol' structure, and a lot of spirit as substitute for a lack of soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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