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The Man Who Invented Christmas Reviews

November 24, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2017
A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 23, 2017
This version of events tends to over-explain the inspiration behind the story, undermining the genius of Dickens as an author.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 23, 2017
Nothing against Stevens, but much of the role could have been performed by a cocker spaniel.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 23, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2017
This origin story relies far too heavily on the Dickens tale without adding much interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 22, 2017
It plays too much like a Hallmark Channel movie with somewhat bigger stars -- creating a mundane story around a magical one.
November 22, 2017
A saccharine stab at a new holiday perennial that tries to fuse the classic Yuletide yarn with a Shakespeare In Love-style literary origin story and manages to let both of them down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
November 22, 2017
In the end, "The Man Who Invented Christmas" is an enjoyable enough diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2017
Yes, there are life lessons aplenty, but that's perfectly appropriate in a celebration of one of the great moral fables of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas is mostly a story about overcoming writer's block. That sounds boring, and it surely would be unbearable if anyone but Stevens was in the role.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 21, 2017
Heavy borrowing, massive spending, and large amounts of food. Maybe he did invent Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2017
God has blessed us, every one, with Dan Stevens, who inhabits the character of Dickens beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2017
"The Man Who Invented Christmas" ends up hitting most of the notes Dickens sounded so memorably in his classic: forgiveness, forbearance, generosity, charity, family feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2017
We've seen it all before, from the nasty old miser, to the adorable little fellow with the crutch, and the skeletal specter. But flip my Fezziwig if they don't make the quintessential yarn original and appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2017
Watching Stevens and company, it's hard to resist the breezy, broadly played appeal of Dickens's creative epiphanies and tortured brainstorming sessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2017
A likable lite-Victorian dip into the milieu - a bit of fun and dress-up, an alternative to being ground once again through the whole three-ghosts rigamarole.
November 21, 2017
"The Man Who Invented Christmas" is a jaunty, amusing patchwork of truths, half-truths and pure fiction that cleverly combine to recount the story of the whirlwind creation of Charles Dickens' famed novella "A Christmas Carol."
November 21, 2017
Brightly lit and anchored by Mr. Stevens's infectious, live-wire performance, the film ... proceeds like a television holiday special, designed to distract children while winking at their parents.
November 20, 2017
Director Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) maintains an oppressively cutesy tone-the film is as sweet and heavy as egg nog.
October 27, 2017
[Reveals] the equivalently satisfying story of how the English author conceived his beloved yuletide novella - while offering a chance for a splendidly cast Christopher Plummer to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the process.
October 27, 2017
[Offers] enough enjoyable Masterpiece Theater-style moments to entice Anglophiles and those who can never get enough of Ebenezer Scrooge.
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.