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A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest and most depraved man on earth. Cross will stoop to unheard of levels to increase his network's ratings -- even if it means mounting outrageous programs to retain an audience, such as "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas" and Lee Majors in "The Night the Reindeer Died," with an AK-47-toting Santa. Cross plots his foulest move,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

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"Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In spite of the jokes at the expense of television-network censors, there's very little in the film, aside from naughty words, that wouldn't be perfectly acceptable on prime-time television."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It's got Bill Murray, and that's always a good thing."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A number of talented actors appear, but only a few are able to make much of a mark given their limited screentime."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A roaring good time."
‑ Christopher Null,
"An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is not a 'good movie' -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"A meaningful Christmas Carol this is not, but a perfectly entertaining yuletide comedy this certainly is."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Frequently funny take on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with Murray learning a lesson."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"I saw this during a brief visit to Germany and it really helped things suck less. Possibly even funnier dubbed in incomprehensible German."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"Rowdy stuff for the light in head."
‑ , Time Out
"It was obviously intended as a comedy, but there is little comic about it, and indeed the movie's overriding emotions seem to be pain and anger."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Bill Murray is the one of the greatest screen Scrooges in this 1980s updating."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I found much of this irreverent modernization of A Christmas Carol to be hilarious, and I commend Murray and director Donner for giving their film a sardonic edge."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Necessary viewing during the holidays."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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