Arthur Christmas
Arthur Christmas (2011)

The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aardman Animations broadens their humor a bit for Arthur Christmas, a clever and earnest holiday film with surprising emotional strength.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

This witty, handsomely appointed 3-D animated feature is the most delightful Santa biopic since Edmund Gwenn donned the fat suit.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Sentimentality is unavoidable as this rollicking adventure comes to an end, but it doesn't force-feed a Christmas message.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy.

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Craig D. Lindsey

It may look like a holiday trifle, but it's still a sleigh ride worth taking.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style.

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James Berardinelli

With a clever script that successfully updates many Christmas myths and dialogue that crackles with sophisticated wit, this movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Don't go expecting a sequel, but do go expecting all the unforced festive spirit you could hope for.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Inventive Brit bit about the life at the North Pole where the Claus family is at odds with one another, each with their own particular and opposing viewpoints.… More
danny d
much has been made of this film as a Christmas gem, a future classic. this is a very fun movie, but a bit chaotic, a good film, but not really as good as the… More
Christian C
Humor, wit and humanity abound in this bright Christmas gem. It's a wonderfully innovative Christmas story with fantastic animation and great voice… More
Josh Lewis
A wonderfully inventive holiday film with fantastic animation and a story that rivals Pixar in tenderness and heartfelt moments. This is another animated movie… More
Sam Barnett
Though lacking the technical wizardry of other contemporary animated movies, Arthur Christmas is tightly scripted, creative and witty in surprising ways (which… More
Cynthia S.
This rather charming, and funny, little animated feature takes a little bit to get going. But, when it does, it is absolutely wonderful! This was one of the… More