Scrooged (1988)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: November 9, 1999
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

Full review…
Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

Full review…
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's got Bill Murray, and that's always a good thing.

Full review…
Variety Staff

An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs.

Full review…
Joe Brown
Washington Post

This is not a 'good movie' -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it.

Full review…
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A meaningful Christmas Carol this is not, but a perfectly entertaining yuletide comedy this certainly is.

Full review…
Time Out

Rowdy stuff for the light in head.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Full review…
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Bill Murray is the one of the greatest screen Scrooges in this 1980s updating.

Full review…
More reviews for Scrooged

Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Directors Cat
Phil Hubbs
I can't believe this was made in 88! my god that's a long time ago and I remember when it came out haha!. We all know the plot here I should think,… More
"<b>Scrooged</b> is by far one of my favorite Christmas flicks. Yes I know were in Februrary and Christmas has come and gone, but I… More
Jacob Ethington
Charles Dicken's classic has gotten more than a few treatments over the years. I'm willing to be that there's a statistic out there that in some… More
Anthony Lawrie
It's one of Murray's funnier films and certainly one of the better Christmas movies around (not that that's a hard thing to achieve!) and almost… More
Melvin White
Lew Hayward: I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi. "The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways."… More