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Arthur Christmas Synopsis
Santa's youngest son (James McAvoy) undertakes an urgent Christmas mission.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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75

NPR

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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...
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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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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...
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Very entertaining holiday movie for kids of all ages from 6 to 72

By granddaddy123
Everyone will be entertained by the characters in this Santa story updated for our technological age. There are many laughs throughout the movie and you will not be disappointed in this holiday fare....

Arthur Christmas

By ssbrown2000
My whole family loved it, from the 3 yr old to the 40 yr olds. It was not a block buster, nor about traditional christmas, but it was cute. We loved Arthur and the little solders. I didn't like how...

Best Christmas movie ever for family

By jpeterson1695
I left the movie smiling and in the holiday spirit of love and sharing. What more can be asked for. I really want to see it on Dvd so I can have captions....

Too "old" for young children

By kirtsch
Pleasant story about the compassionate younger son of Santa, coming of age through a Christmas delivery error. Smiles, some adult humor, but no laughs throughout. Androgynous elves. Closing moments...

Athur Christmas brings out true Christmas spirit

By DwightTG
With a little bit of everything for everyone, this new-age christmas tale reminds us what christmas is all about. I wasnt really excited about Arthur Christmas, but I was thouroughly suprised. It is...

Surprisingly better than I expected!

By mabi_not
No matter how young or old, you have to see this! My friend and I took 6 kids ranging from almost 2 to 8 y/o and all of us want to see it again. Definitely worth it! Predictable but still...

Maybe not the best Christmas movie out

By carmen9122
My 15year old and 9 year old saw this movie and when they came out they said it was okay...kind of silly...said their 4 year old brother would have liked it better than they did....

Arthur Christmas

By gummies
This is a great xmas movie.... It has a wonderful lesson to be learned. There is a santa in all of us! Go see the movie!!!...

Clever, original, well-paced, and genuinely heartfelt

By LJLediting
I took my 4-year-old son to see this film last night, and I was surprised that his lasting impression was that there were "some scary parts." Maybe he wouldn't have felt that way if he were a year or...

good for the whole family

By drmeister
Arthur Christmas had an interesting and unique storyline, but maintained the tradition of Santa for children. My 6 and 8 year old kids liked it a lot. Although a PG movie, it was fine for them and...

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Rated PG | For Some mild rude humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 5+ Fabulous, funny holiday movie about the Christmas spirit.
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