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The Nightmare Before Christmas Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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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
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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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 5, 2008
A fun house of funereal glamour.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
The set designs are ingenious and the songs (music and lyrics by Danny Elfman) are fairly good.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2006
The hippest of all holiday classics, the 1993 release rendered anew in 3-D format remains a postmodern three-ring circus of morbid humor, eye-popping puppet animation and show-stopping songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
October 25, 2006
Flattened for years on cable and video, Nightmare has been resurrected in all its tactile glory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 20, 2006
Burton's skewed vision is seamlessly realized by director Henry Selick and cleverly enhanced by Danny Elfman's songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 20, 2006
This is the movie puts the "oooh" back in "boo."
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 20, 2006
Thirteen years after its debut, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has gone 3D, which makes a good thing even better.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Daniel Gray Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 19, 2006
If the 3-D fails to grab you as much as you might hope, it never takes you out of the movie, which is a remarkable feat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ben Walters
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The script's non-stop momentum suits the roller-coaster photography -- and the punchy running time brings things to a close before eye-strain sets in.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a major step forward for both stop-motion animation, which is stunningly well used, and for Mr. Burton himself. He now moves from the level of extremely talented eccentric to that of Disney-style household word.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Of all the new Halloween films, only this one has the power to truly haunt our dreams.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is a modern classic that enriches the Christmas tradition by turning it on its head and spinning it like a bob.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The Nightmare Before Christmas has something to offer just about everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This brilliant combination of stop-motion animation, three-dimensional sets and superbly imaginative graphics, brings animation to new peaks.