A Christmas Carol Reviews

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May 3, 2019
The cinematography is uniformly strong with gorgeous shadows, lighting and atmosphere.
November 10, 2018
Inarguably the definitive and best adaptation of Charles Dickens' seminal Christmas fable.
January 10, 2017
Watching most versions, the viewer is tempted to punch happy Scrooge. Here we yearn to share a sherry with the newly jolly rogue.
December 12, 2015
All depends, therefore, in the making of a film from this story, on the re-creation of this atmosphere in dramatic terms. It cannot be said that Brian Desmond Hurst has been altogether successful in this respect.
December 6, 2013
This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama.
December 6, 2013
This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale.
December 5, 2012
Lashings of festive cheer and a fair dollop of fine performances will leave you in the mood for mince pies and a renewed sense of seasonal goodwill to all men.
December 5, 2012
A sturdy 1951 British mounting of the Dickens tale, with Alastair Sim contributing a definitive Scrooge.
December 7, 2011
This film, and Alastair Sim's performance as Scrooge in particular, so perfectly captures Dickens's novella that all other versions feel redundant.
January 2, 2011
The classic book brought to life.
December 25, 2009
One of the handful of best Christmas movies ever made.
December 23, 2009
For many decades, this 1951 production was considered to be the best adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and it is easy to see why: it features excellent production values and a wonderful performance by Alastair Sim as Scrooge.
November 29, 2009
If I dare to say it, a more dramatically successful work than Dickens's novella.
November 11, 2009
Of the many film versions, this one from 1951 with Alastair Sim as Scrooge is the most faithful to the spirit of the book.
Top Critic
December 5, 2008
Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well.
November 27, 2008
Other Christmas Carols need not apply.
December 20, 2007
Moves through a brisk 86 minutes with just enough time to linger on poignant moments.
November 27, 2007
A bland, stodgy movie.
September 5, 2007
Still an effective and wonderful holiday film with great performances, top notch direction, and utterly fantastic visuals...
December 4, 2006
Alastair Sim's performance in Dickens' hoary holiday classic provided one of the defining moments of his career; the result is the definitive filming of the story, breathing life into the familiar plot while earnestly hewing to the author's vision.
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