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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale.

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The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

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Dan Stevens (IV)
as Charles Dickens
Christopher Plummer
as Ebenezer Scrooge
Jonathan Pryce
as John Dickens

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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Invented Christmas

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (25)

Mainly, the fancy at the centre of The Man Who Invented Christmas provides an unusually kinetic literary biography as the writer races against the clock to master the voices of his obstreperous characters in time for the 25th.

November 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.

November 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This version of events tends to over-explain the inspiration behind the story, undermining the genius of Dickens as an author.

November 23, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Nothing against Stevens, but much of the role could have been performed by a cocker spaniel.

November 23, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It pushes its hero off his pedestal but delivers him -- like Tom Hulce's Mozart in Amadeus -- to a much better place, the earthy company of fellow citizens who dream of being inspired.

November 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's filled with so many theatrical flourishes and fantastical touches, one can envision this material as a work for the stage, or even an animated film.

November 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Invented Christmas

An interesting look at how the classic Charles Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol' came to be. Dan Stevens does a great job as Dickens but it's the magic of how Dickens was inspired and what it ended up producing is what makes it so magical.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer


An interesting spin on a story most everyone in the West knows by heart, the story behind the story as it were. Nothing too dramatic here (because Christmas is in the very title, eh?), simply lighthearted fun over well known territory. Everyone performs admirably but Plummer, Pryce, Stevens and Coyne (the unseen writer, yah) bring home the bacon.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The Man Who Invented Christmas is a compelling and whimsical fictionalized telling of Charles Dickens' writing of A Christmas Carol. Having lost the faith of his publishers after a string of failed novels and dwindling finances, Charles Dickens comes up with a scheme to self-publish a Christmas book that will put him back on top; but to do so he'll have to confront the ghosts of his past. The film does an impressive job at showing the creative process, with Dickens literally bringing characters to life and interacting with them as he develops them. Dan Stevens does a good job at playing Charles Dickens, and Christopher Plummer is perfectly cast as Scrooge. Additionally, newcomer Anna Murphy brings a lot of charisma as the nurse/muse who inspires Dickens. Also, the sets and costumes are especially well-done, giving a real Dickensian feel to the film. Inspirational, with a little bit of magic, The Man Who Invented Christmas is an entertaining look behind the novel that forever changed the way we see Christmas.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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