Arthur Christmas


Arthur Christmas (2011)


Critic Consensus: Aardman Animations broadens their humor a bit for Arthur Christmas, a clever and earnest holiday film with surprising emotional strength.


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The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Arthur Christmas

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (34)

This witty, handsomely appointed 3-D animated feature is the most delightful Santa biopic since Edmund Gwenn donned the fat suit.

Dec 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.

Dec 5, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style.

Dec 5, 2011 | Full Review…

The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.

Dec 2, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy.

Nov 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/4

With a clever script that successfully updates many Christmas myths and dialogue that crackles with sophisticated wit, this movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate.

Nov 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arthur Christmas


Inventive Brit bit about the life at the North Pole where the Claus family is at odds with one another, each with their own particular and opposing viewpoints. Can they leave their differences and unite to save Christmas? Of course they do, its a Christmas movie f'cryingoutloud. The fun is in the getting there, and there's plenty of that here. You will believe a reindeer can fly. No, really. They can. Its how Santa gets around. Whatta you mean you don't believe?!?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Humor, wit and humanity abound in this bright Christmas gem. It's a wonderfully innovative Christmas story with fantastic animation and great voice talent. I found it quite enjoyable.

Christian C
Christian C

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Though lacking the technical wizardry of other contemporary animated movies, Arthur Christmas is tightly scripted, creative and witty in surprising ways (which itself is unsurprising given the Aardman legacy), and emotionally sophisticated. Likely the best under-the-radar animated movie of the last several years.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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much has been made of this film as a Christmas gem, a future classic. this is a very fun movie, but a bit chaotic, a good film, but not really as good as the hype. overall this is a definitely a solid enough movie to make it a semi regular addition to our holiday watching.

danny d
danny d

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