The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 24, 1993
DVD Release Date: December 2, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Nightmare Before Christmas is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Part avant-garde art film, part amusing but morbid fairy tale, it is a delightfully ghoulish holiday musical that displays more inventiveness in its brief 75 minutes than some studios can manage in an entire year.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Visually a macabre knockout, this 75-minute fantasy boasts some of the wittiest, most vigorous stop-motion animation effects in the history of the process.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

It is beautifully detailed (worth seeing more than once), elegantly scored by Danny Elfman (who also sings Jack's numbers), and stamped throughout with the vision of Tim Burton.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

This full-length animated movie was shot in stop motion, with all the febrile, twittery fascination that the medium exerts; it has a magic-toy shop feeling, with unexpected objects stuttering into life.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Burton, the man who gave us Batman, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, is incapable of a conventional idea. His take on the holiday fairy tale is delightfully off the wall.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Burton gives the audience his kind of children's film, and it's absolutely stellar.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Burton and his collaborators present a movie musical that's like nothing you've ever seen.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas has a grotesque charm, a pie-eyed magic.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-realized and weirdly amusing animated treat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Ghoulish & frightful scenery and presentation, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a seasonal treat that is eerily swell. From its effortless animation to its… More
Bentley Lyles
It's been twenty years since The Nightmare Before Christmas was released and ten years since I first saw it. I remember seeing the trailers in front of… More
Carlos Magalh„es
With an impeccable production design, a deliciously ghoulish, German Expressionist feel to its story and an excellent soundtrack replete with inspired songs,… More
Chris Weber
It may have been directed by Henry Selick, but this is a Tim Burton film through and through. Based on a long poem Burton wrote while working at Disney as an… More
Michael Edwards
the most magical film ever created by the mind of tim burton. It truly captures your imagination, you feel magic, wonder, and fear while watching it and you… More
Louis Rogers
A cult film that deserves its status.