Disney's A Christmas Carol
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Robert Zemeckis directs this animated version of the Yuletide classic A Christmas Story. The story centers on Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey), a penny-pinching miser who cares nothing for the people around him, least of all his hopelessly downtrodden employee Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman) and infectiously optimistic nephew, Fred (Colin Firth). On Christmas Eve, after a frightening encounter with the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, Scrooge is visited by three spirits -- the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come -- who take him on an eye-opening journey to expose… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The motion capture animation is top-notch and it's hard not to be impressed with what Robert Zemeckis has wrought, even if there's the occasional sense he's pandering to an audience that can't get through a 90 minute story without a few yuks and a chase."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"There's a lot of dark magic in this Dickensian Yuletide."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"One cannot help but feel the same effect could have been accomplished by simply making a live action film with state-of-the-art visual effects."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Bah humbug: Zemeckis and Carrey screw with Scrooge."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"Creepy animation and a somewhat tired retelling might have you longing for the Muppet adaptation instead. At least the film's 3D-designed visuals are breathtaking."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"How they made it into this Disney adaptation unprettified is a Christmas miracle in itself."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Want the creeps for Christmas? Then check out the latest version of A Christmas Carol."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A remarkable and effective adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel that manages to overcome the familiarity of its source material and become something more fulfilling."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, SciFi.com
"Zemeckis and Disney's collaboration brings about a cold and forgettable variation using the advent of animation and technology to destroy the magic..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The 1951 Alastair Sim version still ranks as the Number 1 Christmas Carol, but this mo-cap CGI animated version comes in a close second."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Zemeckis' film preserves much of Dickens' original dialogue and detail while amplifying the utter ethereal strangeness of the ghosts."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Does this entertainment achieve a timelessness beyond its exquisite source material? Not even. Yet there's pleasure to be had and relief in feeling the filmmakers didn't Scrooge it up either."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A supernatural parable of terrifying, chain-rattling spirits and mind-warping time travel, with a theme of social responsibility that extends far beyond seasonal cheer."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Zemeckis's retelling of A Christmas Carol is solid, most importantly letting the story itself shine through where it naturally does."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"With a price tag of $175 million, Zemeckis might have even been able to pinch some pennies by abandoning the mo-cap and filming A Christmas Carol in live action. Hmm, I sound a little like Scrooge. Bah humbug!"
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
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