Scrooge (1970)

This is the eighth film version of Charles Dickens' most widely read story that was first published in 1843. This engaging musical by Leslie Bricusse finds Scrooge (Albert Finney) as the parsimonious miser with a heart of stone who… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 5, 1970
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Milne
Time Out

A misbegotten musical adaptation of Dickens' much too perennial tale.

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James Berardinelli

Unlike the great musicals, where you might find yourself humming a tune a few days later, with Scrooge, you'll be lucky if you remember the name of one of the songs a few hours later.

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TV Guide

Director Ronald Neame's well-paced film captures the period beautifully, and the acting is superb, with Finney and Alec Guinness, as Marley's ghost, real standouts.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Even Scrooge's fingernails are dirty, and while I don't think that Dickens intended to equate greed with unwashed hands, he probably would not have objected.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

This musical Scrooge is great for kids.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Thank you very much - for this perennial holiday delight.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Scrooge works very nicely on its intended level and the kids sitting near me seemed to be having a good time.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Finney is] the only element of this production that is really up to much good... the film lacks energy or dramatic thrust.

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Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

Lovely. Even better than the Henry Winkler version.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
The story is five star but the songs are pedestrian and dull and drag the film down. The George C. Scott version is still the gold standard.
Lafe Fredbjornson
The best version of Scrooge available! It's a musical with great settings and special effects. Albert Finney is a great Ebenezer Scrooge. It gets a lot of… More
Luke Baldock
A wonderfully different version of A Christmas Carol. A 34 year old Albert Finney, takes on the role of Scrooge. For the most part he hits every single note.… More
Mark Evans
Perfect xmas film
Michael Gildea
Scrooge is a holiday favorite shoved down my throat from an early age by my mother. If I didn't see this and it didn't stick (those songs were really… More
Mark K
Adding music to the classic Dickens Christmas story doesn't hurt it in the slightest, and Albert Finney is fun to watch in his role as the man you love to… More

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