A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol (1951)

Widely considered to be the definitive of the many film versions of Charles Dickens' classic novel is this 1951 British adaptation, starring Alastair Sim (entitled "Scrooge" in its U.K. release). Sim plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 28, 1951
DVD Release Date: November 3, 1998
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless classic is perhaps the most faithful film version -- and Alastair Sim's performance as Scrooge is not to be missed.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A sturdy 1951 British mounting of the Dickens tale, with Alastair Sim contributing a definitive Scrooge.

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Tom Charity
Time Out

You have what Scrooge himself might call 'Ho-hum-bug.'

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Watching most versions, the viewer is tempted to punch happy Scrooge. Here we yearn to share a sherry with the newly jolly rogue.

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TIME Magazine

Though Dickens' frank sentimentality calls for broad treatment, Brian Desmond Hurst's direction is too often heavy as well.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

What we have in this rendition of Dickens' sometimes misunderstood Carol is an accurate comprehension of the agony of a shabby soul.

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Monthly Film Bulletin

All depends, therefore, in the making of a film from this story, on the re-creation of this atmosphere in dramatic terms. It cannot be said that Brian Desmond Hurst has been altogether successful in this respect.

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Leah Beth Reisman
Entertainment Weekly

Other Christmas Carols need not apply.

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James Berardinelli

At a reasonably short 85 minutes, this is nevertheless a complete experience, and the strength and depth of its drama makes it the most memorable of any adaptation of the tale.

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Total Film

This faithful adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a rare beast indeed, a genuinely affecting melodrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's a classic. The performances are wonderful and the atmosphere is suitably eerie and memorable. It loses a few points, though, for dragging in the… More
Jennifer Xu
this movie made me incomparably happy. christmas classic.
Luke Baldock
Perhaps not a definitive version, as there never could be one for this story. However, this is probably the most well rounded version. Great performances,… More
Lanning : )
This one and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE are the holiday season for me. Alastair Sim's a fascinating actor.
danny d
many still consider this the definitive film version of a Christmas carol, and in many ways it still is. alastair sim is brilliant as srooge, doing a great job… More
Mark K
Amongst the many 'classic' adaptations of the famous story, the Alistair Sim is probably the most recognizable of the Christmas Carols over the years.… More