The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Brian Henson, the son of Muppet founder Jim Henson, took over directing duties after the untimely death of his father for The Muppet Christmas Carol, a sluggish re-telling of the Charles Dickens tale. Michael Caine, surrounded by legions of… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not be the finest version of Charles Dickens' tale to grace the screen, but The Muppet Christmas Carol is funny and heartwarming, and serves as a good introduction to the story for young viewers.

Henry Sheehan
Hollywood Reporter

The fit between sentiment and satire is not always a comfortable one and the more dedicated fans of either the story or the Muppets may leave theaters dissatisfied.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Good fun.

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Charlotte Runcie
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Although the Muppets pile on the wit and child-friendly slapstick, they never dumb down, and never compromise their story's literary origins.

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Variety Staff

Nothing can really diminish the late Jim Henson's irresistibly appealing characters.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

There's no great show of wit or tunefulness here, and the ingenious cross-generational touches are fairly rare. But there is a lively kiddie version of the Dickens tale, one that very young viewers ought to understand.

Henry Barnes

There's lots to love here, particularly Michael Caine's deadly straight take on Scrooge.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is the dullest and least successful adaptation of the Christmas chestnut I've ever seen.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Like all the Muppet movies, this one is a musical, with original songs by Paul Williams (my favorite is the early chain-rattling duet by the Marley brothers). It could have done with a few more songs than it has.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

The late Jim Henson would have been proud of the job that his son did directing this production. It's a solid Muppets feature. Call it "The Muppets Take Dickensian London."

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A well done retelling of the classic Christmas story albeit with a few too many narrative interruptions, often with little purpose other than for the sake of… More
Aj V
I watched this movie a lot when I was younger, but now every time I watch it, it seems worse than I remember it. So, I think kids will enjoy it more than… More
Candy Rose
I love the Muppets, this movie is their adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. Stars Michael Caine as Scrooge.
Conner Rainwater
I'm not a fan of the Muppets by any stretch so I never understood why so many people love this interpretation of Scrooge. Michael Caine is okay, but… More
Michael Edwards
The Christmas Carol is the only story that I think that no one has ever screwed up in telling a new and improve version of the classic Dickens Tale. This is a… More
Daniel Mumby
There are so many versions of A Christmas Carol out there that it soon becomes tiresome arguing about their individual merits. The only faintly reliable… More