The Muppet Christmas Carol
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Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of fuzzy, felt puppets, plays it straight as the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who could care less about Christmas and the joy the season brings. Working for the skinflint is his faithful employee Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog), who begs Scrooge for a day off for Christmas. Scrooge reluctantly agrees and goes home on Christmas Eve filled with bile… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fit between sentiment and satire is not always a comfortable one and the more dedicated fans of either the story or the Muppets may leave theaters dissatisfied."
‑ Henry Sheehan, Hollywood Reporter
"Good fun."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins."
‑ Charlotte Runcie, Daily Telegraph
"Director Brian Henson should have left brand expectations out of it and simply carried on in the vein of his father's excursions into fantasy."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Not, maybe, the most rigorous of Christmas Carol adaptations, although it is a lot more faithful than one would perhaps have expected... at any rate a great Muppet film."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's no great show of wit or tunefulness here, and the ingenious cross-generational touches are fairly rare. But there is a lively kiddie version of the Dickens tale, one that very young viewers ought to understand."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"There are plenty of laughs and a host of memorable songs crooned by everyone from Miss Piggy to Statler and Waldorf."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"A mixed bag of mixed moods."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is the dullest and least successful adaptation of the Christmas chestnut I've ever seen."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The late Jim Henson would have been proud of the job that his son did directing this production. It's a solid Muppets feature. Call it "The Muppets Take Dickensian London.""
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A gentle, fuzzy version of the Dickens classic."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
" above-average Muppet movie..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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