Scrooged

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Scrooged gets by with Bill Murray and a dash of holiday spirit, although it's hampered by a markedly conflicted tone and an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness.

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In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.

Cast & Crew

Bill Murray
Francis Xavier Cross
Karen Allen
Claire Phillips
John Forsythe
Lew Hayward
John Glover
Bryce Cummings
Bobcat Goldthwait
Eliot Loudermilk
David Johansen
Ghost of Christmas Past
Carol Kane
Ghost of Christmas Present
Robert Mitchum
Preston Rhinelander
Mitch Glazer
Screenwriter
Stephen J. Roth
Executive Producer
Danny Elfman
Original Music
Dan Hartman
Original Music
Robbie Robertson
Original Music
Michael Chapman
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Critic Reviews for Scrooged

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (14)

  • It's not a bad notion for a satiric comedy and this one begins well, but then veers entirely out of hand until it's as over-inflated as its own Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and as funny as a mugging.

    November 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • On balance... Bill Murray's lazy humor carries the movie up until his genuinely sweet relationship with an old girlfriend.

    November 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the juicy, on-the-edge craziness, Murray is able to layer his outrageous histrionics with an inner sensibility, making his ultimate transformation not only believable but Christmas-cheer uplifting.

    April 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.

    November 27, 2007 | Rating: 1/4
  • An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs.

    November 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Rowdy stuff for the light in head.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Scrooged

  • Sep 13, 2015
    A very dark tale of the well known Scrooge tale that is full of dark humour, The film starts off well but gets abit too serious and weird but a good performance by Bill Murray just about gets us through the weird stuff, It's not for kids as some bits may scare them.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2014
    Scrooged is a Christmas film without any spirit. Bill Murray is pretty bad and the film is an unfunny mess of mean-spirited humor. Not necessary for seasonal enjoyment. Rating: 44
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2014
    Declaring the film a mess may be a valid point but I like that it is full of strange choices both in front of and behind the camera (i.e. having Donner direct and casting Bill Murray as a heartless TV executive) as it makes the whole thing more memorable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2013
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