Scrooged Reviews

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May 23, 2020
Scrooged is one of the few times in the history of cinema we see faeries as the complicated, cruel, monstrous, (and sometimes funny) creatures they are - David Bowie's The Labyrinth being another rare example.
November 19, 2019
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
On balance... Bill Murray's lazy humor carries the movie up until his genuinely sweet relationship with an old girlfriend.
November 19, 2019
It's a missed opportunity, but some gags still hit the mark and there's a stream of starry cameos...
November 27, 2018
Scrooged is, indeed, phenomenally loud, and also very mean, and somehow also ultimately heartening, in a loopy yuletide sort of way.
December 15, 2017
Still, Murray is magnificent in the film, the effects are better than you'd expect, and the 1988 version of Hollywood excess is almost quaint by comparison with the CGI purgatory we live in today.
December 9, 2017
It would be hard to improve upon the classic, after all, and Scrooged not only sticks to the Dickens plot, but makes it believable as a modern fable. But the more difficult part of Scrooged is its modernization, the colorization of Dickens, if you will.
December 29, 2015
Murray, it's clear today, was the perfect Scrooge of the '80s.
April 7, 2015
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.
November 9, 2011
Murray doing what he does best, if you like that sort of thing.
November 4, 2011
It's got Bill Murray, and that's always a good thing.
December 13, 2009
A meaningful Christmas Carol this is not, but a perfectly entertaining yuletide comedy this certainly is.
August 20, 2009
Bill Murray is the one of the greatest screen Scrooges in this 1980s updating.
November 27, 2007
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
A number of talented actors appear, but only a few are able to make much of a mark given their limited screentime.
November 27, 2007
An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs.
August 12, 2006
Frequently funny take on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with Murray learning a lesson.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Rowdy stuff for the light in head.
March 9, 2006
February 20, 2006
I found much of this irreverent modernization of A Christmas Carol to be hilarious, and I commend Murray and director Donner for giving their film a sardonic edge.
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