Scrooged (1988)

A darkly comic and surreal contemporization of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, this effects-heavy Bill Murray holiday vehicle from 1988 sees the former SNL funnyman assuming the role of television executive Frank Cross, the meanest… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 23, 1988
DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Scrooged gets by with Bill Murray and a dash of holiday spirit, although it's hampered by a markedly conflicted tone and an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Despite the juicy, on-the-edge craziness, Murray is able to layer his outrageous histrionics with an inner sensibility, making his ultimate transformation not only believable but Christmas-cheer uplifting.

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Time Out

Rowdy stuff for the light in head.

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Sean Nelson
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Still, Murray is magnificent in the film, the effects are better than you'd expect, and the 1988 version of Hollywood excess is almost quaint by comparison with the CGI purgatory we live in today.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

In spite of the jokes at the expense of television-network censors, there's very little in the film, aside from naughty words, that wouldn't be perfectly acceptable on prime-time television.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

It would be hard to improve upon the classic, after all, and Scrooged not only sticks to the Dickens plot, but makes it believable as a modern fable. But the more difficult part of Scrooged is its modernization, the colorization of Dickens, if you will.

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Variety Staff

An appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

This is not a 'good movie' -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it.

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Rob Gonsalves

Murray, it's clear today, was the perfect Scrooge of the '80s.

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Jacob Ethington
Charles Dicken's classic has gotten more than a few treatments over the years. I'm willing to be that there's a statistic out there that in some… More
"<b>Scrooged</b> is by far one of my favorite Christmas flicks. Yes I know were in Februrary and Christmas has come and gone, but I… More
Melvin White
Lew Hayward: I don't mind you shooting at me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi. "The spirits will move you in odd and hysterical ways."… More
Phil Hubbs
I can't believe this was made in 88! my god that's a long time ago and I remember when it came out haha!. We all know the plot here I should think,… More
Alex roy
Scrooged is a fun comedy starring Bill Murray. This is along with Christ Vacation and Planes, Trains and Automobiles the best holiday film. Director Richard… More