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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

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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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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…

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