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The Man Who Invented Christmas Reviews

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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'.
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 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 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
December 12, 2017
The title character, Charles Dickens is played by an actor whose wide-eyed stares projects "this is for children" but a movie which is absorbing enough for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 11, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas is good at its feel-iest, a beloved but stale tale retold with novelty while revealing an interesting rest of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 10, 2017
Overall, this is an instructive look into the history of Charles Dickens and the creative process behind his famous, popular book. However, it seemed overly long and I found the resolution to Dickens' writer's block problem less than convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 8, 2017
It's simple, nice and very enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2017
You'll come for the promise - fulfilled - of excellent production design and a feast of fabulous British thespians, but you'll stay for the surprisingly engaging story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2017
This movie is a top-notch production and my guess is that it will appear in movie theaters as a special each year, or at least, on television as a favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2017
A clever rendition of the ghosts of Christmas tales past.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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