90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Leave it to the folks who brought us "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Flushed Away" to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre. Aardman's Arthur Christmas is that and more - an endlessly amusing 3D, CG-animated Yuletide romp with lively innovation at every turn and a dream voice cast headed by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.
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85

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Arthur Christmas is a Grinch-style story of rekindled Christmas spirit told from inside Santa's compound at the North Pole.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Keith Staskiewicz
The resulting adventure, like most of Aardman's work (Chicken Run, Flushed Away), is more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believable.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A tender and upbeat spirit informs the writing and the execution.
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75

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
A worthy addition to the Christmas movie canon. It's funny and good-looking, with an impeccable voice cast of U.K. actors. It's also unexpectedly fresh, despite the familiar-sounding premise.
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75

NPR

The film does have a distinctly British cheek; even with a Sony Pictures co-credit over the titles, it's just un-Hollywood enough to feel like a breath of fresh North Pole air.
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75

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Crisply shot and voiced by a legion of Brits, the animated Arthur seems aimed at the Scrooge and caroler in all of us.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
There's nothing dark about Arthur: It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.
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75

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The film's indefatigable holiday spirit is infectious.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
All of the actors' vocal performances are spot-on, including McAvoy's gentle Arthur, Nighy's salty GrandSanta and Ashley Jensen's cute stowaway elf Bryony, a chipper little pixie that would make Rudolph's pal Hermey proud.
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69 out of 100
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