A Christmas Carol Reviews

December 30, 2019
[Steven] Knight's inventions, while florid, did create a psychological truth behind Scrooge's conduct, a reason for his transformation beyond the magic of Christmas.
December 23, 2019
It might have been successful had it included enough optimism to countervail all the misery. But Knight unwisely and a bit heartlessly chooses to forgo that kindness to sink us into the bleak of it all, and does so during the darkest days of the year.
December 23, 2019
This was a total cut above the crowd - nutty, muscular, textured and with Guy Pearce delivering an intense, complex performance as Scrooge.
December 20, 2019
Classicists may quibble with the casting of Guy Pearce, but he's a fine actor, and just the man to lend existential impatience to the ice-hearted businessman.
December 18, 2019
Having watched to the conclusion, I'm pretty sure we aren't witnessing the premiere of a new holiday tradition.
December 18, 2019
Pearce is undeniably good, but the script, with its aphoristic philosophy planted in the mouth of a character who'd historically been a fairly unintellectual money-hoarder, never allows him to compel us.
December 18, 2019
Approximately three joyless hours of watching an adaptation try to justify its edginess.
December 17, 2019
Someday, we may be able to forgive this Christmas Carol. Just not this year.
December 17, 2019
Frankly, this Ebenezer Scrooge merits his Christmas goose being cooked behind bars for two very serious crimes against humanity. Instead he ends up being at large while at last finding the gumption to say "Merry Christmas."