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Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968's Oliver!, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens' 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge features several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bona fide hit "Thank You Very Much." Buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is Ebenezer Scrooge. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge's life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More (Present) and Paddy Stone (Yet to Come). Sir Alec Guinness also appears as… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A misbegotten musical adaptation of Dickens' much too perennial tale."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Unlike the great musicals, where you might find yourself humming a tune a few days later, with Scrooge, you'll be lucky if you remember the name of one of the songs a few hours later."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Director Ronald Neame's well-paced film captures the period beautifully, and the acting is superb, with Finney and Alec Guinness, as Marley's ghost, real standouts."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Although rather hammy at times, Finney holds the screen throughout."
‑ , Film4
"Even Scrooge's fingernails are dirty, and while I don't think that Dickens intended to equate greed with unwashed hands, he probably would not have objected."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This musical Scrooge is great for kids."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Thank you very much - for this perennial holiday delight."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"One of the more delightful versions"
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Scrooge works very nicely on its intended level and the kids sitting near me seemed to be having a good time."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[Finney is] the only element of this production that is really up to much good... the film lacks energy or dramatic thrust."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Lovely. Even better than the Henry Winkler version."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"A roduction that suffers from its theatrical roots and its need to not only make its antihero see the error of his ways but go way overboard in making up for his past."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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