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The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews

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October 26, 2016
Burton gives the audience his kind of children's film, and it's absolutely stellar.
December 21, 2013
A well-realized and weirdly amusing animated treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 3, 2013
Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year.
December 3, 2013
This full-length animated movie was shot in stop motion, with all the febrile, twittery fascination that the medium exerts; it has a magic-toy shop feeling, with unexpected objects stuttering into life.
December 3, 2013
Pure enchantment, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas creates a unique and wondrous world. This awesome movie is in a class by itself for its use of stop-action animation.
December 3, 2013
Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2013
The Nightmare Before Christmas cleverly refashions its yuletide characters into Edward Gorey refugees.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 3, 2013
Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2013
Disney's sophisticated stop-motion animation (an advanced version of techniques used to create Gumby) creates a truly breathtaking visual landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2013
Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall.
December 3, 2013
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 3, 2013
Macabre and astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2013
So Burton-esque is this world that it remains baffling that he didn't direct, megaphone duties instead falling to Henry Selick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2013
Only the deliciously demented imagination of Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton could have come up with such a dark vision of the holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2012
In the 13 years since it was released to a predictably puzzled family audience, Tim Burton's macabre stop motion musical has wound its way through cult affection (and survived mall-Goth appropriation) to earn its rightful place as a genuine classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 2, 2011
This cautionary fable (Be True to Your Ghoulish Self) may be a little too twisted for little kids but anyone 8 or older will spot the friendly glint behind jack's empty eye sockets.
January 2, 2011
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2009
...endlessly delightful, even as it deals in icky bugs and severed limbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 13, 2009
A work of grand visual wit, clever songs, funny gags and genuine pathos, it is perhaps the greatest stop-motion animated film ever, a painstaking style of model animation that computers have all but completely done away with.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2009
O tom divertidamente sombrio da narrative, associado a uma direção de arte magnífica e à ótima trilha de Elfman, acaba resultando num conto de fadas que deve tanto aos Grimm quanto ao Expressionismo Alemão.
| Original Score: 4/5
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