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The Muppet Christmas Carol Reviews

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Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
This is the dullest and least successful adaptation of the Christmas chestnut I've ever seen.
Christopher Null
November 20, 2005
With so many good versions of this story on film, it's a little difficult to recommend this telling
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 18, 2002
Bah, humbug!
| Original Score: 1/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
The little green guy just isn't quite the same these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The Muppet Christmas Carol isn't terrible, by any means. But it's resoundingly moderate, with merely passable songs by Paul Williams, and only occasional real laughter.
Kevin A. Ranson
February 24, 2003
Rizzo the Rat needs his own movie. Michael Caine, on the other hand, doesn't.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Henry Sheehan
Hollywood Reporter
November 27, 2007
The fit between sentiment and satire is not always a comfortable one and the more dedicated fans of either the story or the Muppets may leave theaters dissatisfied.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
November 19, 2012
Director Brian Henson should have left brand expectations out of it and simply carried on in the vein of his father's excursions into fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Neither drama nor comedy, it's safe stuff, and most un-Muppetlike. So much for great expectations.
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5

TV Guide
November 27, 2007
A mixed bag of mixed moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Charlotte Runcie
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 26, 2013
Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2002
A delight!
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
Leave it to our favorite fuzzy freaks to breathe new life into Dickens' oft-told tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Henry Barnes
November 22, 2012
There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 22, 2009
Not, maybe, the most rigorous of Christmas Carol adaptations, although it is a lot more faithful than one would perhaps have expected... at any rate a great Muppet film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Good fun.
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