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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    If some of the animation overdoes it, a lot of it is downright gorgeous. Few images this year have followed me home like the Ghost of Christmas Past, here imagined as a bright-flamed candle with the face of a child. It flickers. It whispers. It flies. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This Christmas Carol seems like a pale ghost of Dickens' magical Christmas classic. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This sad excuse for family entertainment tries to enshrine a classic while defacing it. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Visually immersive but emotionally uninvolving. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Like a dime-store holiday card, this Christmas Carol is well-crafted but artless, detailed but lacking soul. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol is, in its essence, a product reel, a showy, exuberant demonstration of the glories of motion capture, computer animation and 3D technology. On that level, it's a wow. On any emotional level, it's as cold as Marley's Ghost. show more

  • 50
    NPR

    Gary Oldman pulls off his own hat trick, playing both noble Bob Cratchit and sickly Tiny Tim, as well as Scrooge's late partner, Marley, who haunts the miser in fluorescent green. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An exhilarating visual experience and proves for the third time he's (Zemeck) is one of the few directors who knows what he's doing with 3-D. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    As beautiful as the animation is, Zemeckis' real masterstroke is combining it with a loyalty to Dickens' story. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Could there possibly be anything left to gain from yet another adaptation of Charles Dickens' tale about crabby old Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing encounter with three ghosts on Christmas Eve? In the case of Disney's A Christmas Carol, the answer is a surprising, resounding yes -- at least so far as the IMAX 3D version goes. show more

  • August 22, 2011 Sweetrose
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    Carrey is cool, in such movies as Liar Liar and The Mask.Here, we see a different take on the classic Ebenezer story.With popular voices from Hoskins and Wright Penn,we see a heart of stone become warm and melted.There are certain scenes that would frighten younger children.In the major observation,I still love the transformation from miser to a generous chap.

  • November 28, 2010 re50cal
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    Wow, can’t believe there are still major movies like this with out any African-American characters in them. How do you make a movie with this many characters and not one minority of any sort in it. Shame on Jim Carrey for allowing that. After all it was only the Wayan Brothers, (two black guys) that made him famous. Nobody knew who he was until, In living Color. And by the way the movie sucked, definitely not for kids. Waste of mon

  • May 11, 2010 Pualj77
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    he better be making the grinch 2 because the first one was a killer classic to me but he needs to come out with another as a sequeal and make it happen to be better with a lot more like this one a really powerful kick and a slammer slam like a chrismas carol with more live action and high flying thrills lets pray for jim carrey to do it this year...?

  • April 16, 2010 SwtLor3
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    I WANT TO KNOW WHEN IT COMES ON THE DVD! ITS BEEN SIX MONTHS ALREDY COME ON ARE YOU SERIOUS! 6 MONTHS I THINK THEYR JUST WAITING TILL CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT IS A CHRISTMAS FILM! IT SHOULD COME OUT LATE MAY LIKE ON THE 25TH.OK,ALRIGHT,GOOD,GOODBY.

  • January 30, 2010 Wadis Place
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    Just saw it again for a Second Time. This movie will go down as a Christmas Classic. Jim Carrey plays Scrooge, Ghousts from Christmas Past, Present, and Future. What a talent.

  • December 24, 2009 Tangwaipahu
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    a well thought out movie that is meant to be in 3D. although it is frightening for young children, the true meaning of Christmas is revealed for people both young and old. love, forgiveness, patience, and generosity is what makes the world go round and i believe thats what Dickens wants to express for the generations to come.

  • December 24, 2009 CHeck94090
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    i love this movie and i dont like yankee fans like the one that commented here.

  • December 23, 2009 Keywestchick
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    Can't wait to see it!!!!!!

  • December 15, 2009 tene230
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    I believe parents have to start screening these movies before taking their children to them. What may be suitable for some may not be for others. Use your judgement and don't assume. if you do, then a horrible reaction is what you will get.

  • December 14, 2009 Ed and Nancy
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    This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen.& I go to the movies every week.

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