The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 2, 1997
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-realized and weirdly amusing animated treat.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

This full-length animated movie was shot in stop motion, with all the febrile, twittery fascination that the medium exerts; it has a magic-toy shop feeling, with unexpected objects stuttering into life.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Pure enchantment, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas creates a unique and wondrous world. This awesome movie is in a class by itself for its use of stop-action animation.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The Nightmare Before Christmas cleverly refashions its yuletide characters into Edward Gorey refugees.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Edwards
the most magical film ever created by the mind of tim burton. It truly captures your imagination, you feel magic, wonder, and fear while watching it and you… More
Chris Weber
It may have been directed by Henry Selick, but this is a Tim Burton film through and through. Based on a long poem Burton wrote while working at Disney as an… More
Carlos Magalh„es
With an impeccable production design, a deliciously ghoulish, German Expressionist feel to the story and an excellent soundtrack replete with well-inspired… More
Louis Rogers
A cult film that deserves its status.
Bentley Lyles
It's been twenty years since The Nightmare Before Christmas was released and ten years since I first saw it. I remember seeing the trailers in front of… More
Manu Gino
A ghoulish tale with wicked humour & stunning animation. Great Movie! Painstakingly and meticulously crafted, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is… More

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