Arthur Christmas Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 18, 2012
There are moments of charm and it is a sweet story which kids might find entertaining enough, but chances are they will become just as restless as my crowd as the film stretches on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shaun Munro
What Culture
November 8, 2011
Arthur Christmas strains so much to be a postmodern Yuletide yarn that it forsakes the much-needed sprinkle of Christmas spirit and concedes too much of the Santa myth in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
Bah humbug!
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
The movie's idea that Santa and his elves have turned the distribution of presents every Dec. 24 into a major military operation makes me more than a tad uneasy.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 23, 2011
An animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder you'd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 25, 2011
...a disappointing Christmas movie that never quite comes together. There just isn't enough Christmas cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 22, 2011
Good for a smile and a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 23, 2011
Another family holiday flick that disappoints rather than delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 24, 2011
An absolutely disastrous piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 13, 2011
So thoroughly lacking the distinctive charm, wit and heart of Aardman's best work that it could have been made by anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 22, 2011
Watching Arthur Christmas is like doing your holiday shopping on Dec. 23: fun and frantic, exciting and maddening. You come away feeling warm-hearted and exhausted, wondering if more forethought might have led to a smoother, more satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 25, 2011
The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Smith
SFX Magazine
December 1, 2011
There's some great stuff here... What's missing is the delightful Britishness of Nick Park's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
December 14, 2014
This witty, handsomely appointed 3-D animated feature is the most delightful Santa biopic since Edmund Gwenn donned the fat suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
December 14, 2014
The movie runs a bit long and would benefit from fewer pit stops, but the gags are quick and often sharp.
John Serba
MLive.com
December 14, 2014
It occasionally toes the line of manic hyperactivity, but never becomes shrill or too cloyingly sentimental -- or rife with lazy bodily function humor -- as some overeager family fare can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
A new Christmas classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Arthur Christmas is a smart, funny, heartwarming story that will have you smile from ear-to-ear for the film's duration.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
December 14, 2014
Without a loaded cast, or recognizable character name or brand, Arthur Christmas might be overlooked by audiences. Here's hoping that won't be the case. Some Christmas gifts are worth the extra effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maryann Koopman Kelly
Paste Magazine
December 6, 2013
This animated feature from Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation is a feel-good family film with spunk and originality, the kind that has not been seen since the first of The Santa Clause franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
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