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The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 3, 2013
Adults, despite being wowed by the dazzling, geez-how'd-they-do-that animation, will find their attention wandering to Christmases past.
Shellie Iliff
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Annoying music by Danny Elfman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2013
Animation is a wonderful medium, but it's almost too compatible with Burton's uninhibited approach. When literally anything goes, even the most original idea can get lost in the creative shuffle.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
In many ways it is a very clever film, but it never lives up to the promise of its visual brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
I'm not sure I've ever seen a fantasy film that's at once so visually amazing and so emotionally dead.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 14, 2003
A triumph of art design and stop-motion animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 28, 2008
The thin story (the denizens of Halloween Town take over Christmas) is overpowered by the deliciousness of the images.
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 3, 2013
The Nightmare Before Christmas cleverly refashions its yuletide characters into Edward Gorey refugees.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Working with gifted artists and designers, [Burton] has made a world here that is as completely new as the worlds we saw for the first time in such films as Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Star Wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Nightmare Before Christmas has something to offer just about everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
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
Alan Jones
Radio Times
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Freaky fairy tale has fluffy story line, fantastic visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 17, 2006
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a veritable bounty of visual delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
December 3, 2013
Macabre and astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 21, 2003
A decade of overexposure still can't diminish its iconoclastic glee.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
November 27, 2007
The dazzling techniques employed here create a strikinglook that's never been seen in such sustained form, making this a unique curio that will appeal to kids and film enthusiasts alike.
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