The Man Who Invented Christmas Reviews

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December 1, 2017
This entirely terrible film feels about as Christmassy as watching England go out of the World Cup at the group stage.
December 1, 2017
There's enough here to justify the effort of suspending disbelief. And it is full of the Christmas spirit.
November 29, 2017
The Man Who Invented Christmas is unlikely to become a classic that families will revisit every December, but it serves its purpose as a pleasant adjunct for those years when you need to take a break from Alastair Sim.
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.
November 24, 2017
A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.
November 23, 2017
This version of events tends to over-explain the inspiration behind the story, undermining the genius of Dickens as an author.
November 23, 2017
Nothing against Stevens, but much of the role could have been performed by a cocker spaniel.
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.
November 22, 2017
In the end, "The Man Who Invented Christmas" is an enjoyable enough diversion.
November 22, 2017
This origin story relies far too heavily on the Dickens tale without adding much interest.
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.
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.
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.
November 22, 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.
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.
November 21, 2017
Heavy borrowing, massive spending, and large amounts of food. Maybe he did invent Christmas.
November 21, 2017
God has blessed us, every one, with Dan Stevens, who inhabits the character of Dickens beautifully.
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.
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.
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