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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
November 22, 2017
... the film does not find a way to balance and develop these potentially interesting storylines and therefore fails to achieve an adequate emotional payoff for any of them.
November 22, 2017
Buried somewhere inside The Man Who Invented Christmas, there's a really good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 22, 2017
The film never makes the case for why it's wrapping one fiction inside of another.
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 3, 2017
There are a few bright spots, like Christopher Plummer's Scrooge, but with its too-bright visuals and laboured dialogue, at best, the film belongs on television.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 5, 2017
It loses its way and literally becomes another A Christmas Carol, so why watch this when one countless other and undeniably better adaptations exist?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 30, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a bit of a turkey, albeit with all the trimmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 3, 2017
The film's best sections involve Plummer, who on this evidence would make a great Scrooge in the 20th straight adaptation of the novella. They should have bitten the bullet and made that instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 23, 2017
Nothing against Stevens, but much of the role could have been performed by a cocker spaniel.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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+
November 21, 2017
Since "humbug" is already spoken for by Ebenezer Scrooge, "opportunistic" would be the most apt word for The Man Who Invented Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 22, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas contains nothing inappropriate for family viewing, but I'd be hard-pressed to find a family that would find the experience enriching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2017
As a portrait of an author on the verge of a breakthrough, this is a run-of-the-mill, occasionally clumsy biopic; as for contextualizing Christmas, it never explains how it functioned before Dickens and only briefly mentions how it changed after him.
November 24, 2017
The movie is about launching a product aimed for the holidays while simultaneously being that very thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 27, 2017
This bite-sized literary biopic takes a good deal of poetic license with Charles Dickens' story around the time he wrote A Christmas Carol.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 22, 2017
... it fails on so many other levels that failing to support the argument stated in its title may be the least of its sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 25, 2017
It may not be A Christmas Carol, but it's no Santa Paws either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2017
"Christmas" plays simplistically and, at times, quite blandly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 30, 2017
The impression, despite Paki Smith's sumptuous Victorian production design, is one of constant, cheesy falsehood and wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 26, 2017
An overall very calming, pleasant mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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