A Boy Named Charlie Brown

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Charlie Brown and his fellow Peanuts make their feature film debut in this animated comedy that is based on Charles Schultz long-lived cartoon strip. The story centers on a national spelling bee. Lucky Charlie Brown is so excited that he is selected to participate in it, but will he be able to overcome his chronic bad-karma and actually win?


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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

  • An hour and a half is a long time for any child -- or beagle -- to be amusing, and the whimsy that attempts to fill the time frequently falters.

    Sep 1, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Schulz's script maintains much of the irony of the strips, but the injections of whimsy put its appeal uneasily between adults and children.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The only really dreadful contribution to the film is that of Rod McKuen, whose three songs can barely be endured.

    May 9, 2005
  • It's the humor that carries the day -- that, and the nostalgic twinges at seeing the beloved comic characters going through the usual routines familiar from the long-running strip.

    Sep 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Classic Peanuts film is as charming and relevant as ever.

    Sep 13, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is a fun learning experience. It was for me and millions of other kids in the early 1970's. It has a great message and an uncompromising way of making its point at the end. Kids need this movie.

    Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Boy Named Charlie Brown

  • Dec 24, 2011
    Jazz, superb animation, wonderful infantile dubbing and a slapstick slap in the face to materialist commercialism. The Savior has been born to save mankind and Charlie Brown and his infinitely loved characters have staged a play to remind us of the true meaning of <b>Christ</b>-mas. Hallelujah! This is one of the few flawless masterpieces of the overrated holidays. 98/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    I've seen this many times since 1965. It is to the point where I know exactly what is coming in the next scene, but I don't mind watching it each year. It still rings true every Christmas.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic holiday special and reminds me of how much I love the Peanuts.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2011
    Not a movie, but a classic
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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