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February 8, 2019
The Man Who Invented Christmas doesn't bring a lot to the table. The story that it tells simply isn't engaging enough, despite the best efforts of Plummer, Stevens and company to liven it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 25, 2018
Despite its pedigree, the film can't quite avoid a degree of Lifetime movie-ness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
December 2, 2018
Dan Stevens incarnates a Dickens prone to pyrotechnics gestures to which the reality unfolds before his eyes as incessant buffet free of stimuli. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 18, 2018
By focusing on Charles Dickens himself, the filmmakers find a fitting new way to bring a well-known story to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4
November 10, 2018
Beautiful and darkly festive. Dan Stevens' Dickens is prone to bah humbug, with six weeks to write a Christmas classic. Victorian London is bustling and clean; Plummer's Scrooge dour and mocking; gratifyingly, ordinary people are assumed to be well-read.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2018
Though not as full of fantasy and pathos as the original story of A Christmas Carol, Dickens's personal journey makes for a charming Christmas movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2018
The film's a delight, it's festive, sweet, darkly funny, pretty to look at and pure family fun.
August 16, 2018
It is fascinating to watch how A Christmas Carol comes to be as it is more than just the novella that is responsible for the many Christmas traditions practiced today, but it is the result of a personal evolution for Dickens'.
August 14, 2018
...this is one holiday movie that's as forgettable as a wadded-up piece of wrapping paper, and should be discarded just as quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 14, 2018
Excellent performances, colorful scenes... and an extraordinary story create a solid film that will fascination lovers of literature and the Victorian era. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2018
A warm PG-rated feature for families with older kids who won't grow restless with its adult preoccupations and leisurely pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2018
The film's lighthearted tone imagines the author as a sort of literary Forrest Gump, lucking his way into overhearing brilliant dialogue and accidentally crossing paths with people who inspire his most beloved work.
December 26, 2017
Just like Stevens as Dickens, The Man Who Invented Christmas is immensely likeable, and undoubtedly will having you leaving the theatre feeling more festive than when you entered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 26, 2017
An overall very calming, pleasant mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 18, 2017
An unexpected pleasure.
December 17, 2017
There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave cynical audiences annoyed. But for those who leave their bah-humbug attitudes at home, it's a wonderfully entertaining take on a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 16, 2017
Given the number of successful adaptations of Dickens' work, what is this film trying to add that hasn't already been achieved?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 13, 2017
I admit a bias here. Two biases, in fact. British authors are among my favorite writers. And 'A Christmas Carol' is among my favorite books. So te combination in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' already appealed to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2017
Charming, souffle-lite Christmas tale from British director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) about the imaginary adventure the young Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) went through while suffering a rare case of writer's block.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a hokey-yet-charming, family-friendly holiday film, telling the (mostly) true story behind one of the best-known and frequently-adapted literary works of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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