The Man Who Invented Christmas
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 22, 2017
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale.

Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Mainly, the fancy at the centre of The Man Who Invented Christmas provides an unusually kinetic literary biography as the writer races against the clock to master the voices of his obstreperous characters in time for the 25th.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Nothing against Stevens, but much of the role could have been performed by a cocker spaniel.

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Rich Cline

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave cynical audiences annoyed. But for those who leave their bah-humbug attitudes at home, it's a wonderfully entertaining take on a classic.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A surprisingly fresh movie about a story we all know very well.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

It pushes its hero off his pedestal but delivers him -- like Tom Hulce's Mozart in Amadeus -- to a much better place, the earthy company of fellow citizens who dream of being inspired.

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Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

Given the number of successful adaptations of Dickens' work, what is this film trying to add that hasn't already been achieved?

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

This version of events tends to over-explain the inspiration behind the story, undermining the genius of Dickens as an author.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

It's filled with so many theatrical flourishes and fantastical touches, one can envision this material as a work for the stage, or even an animated film.

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

I admit a bias here. Two biases, in fact. British authors are among my favorite writers. And 'A Christmas Carol' is among my favorite books. So te combination in 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' already appealed to me.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Philip Price
The Man Who Invented Christmas may as well be one of those holiday Hallmark originals for all of the dopey, saccharine spins it puts on Charles Dickens coming… More