100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Shockingly, the new film turns out to be very good, at times close to brilliant: a darkly detailed marvel of creative visualization that does well by Dickens and right by audiences - when it’s not trying to sell them a theme park ride.
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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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Like a dime-store holiday card, this Christmas Carol is well-crafted but artless, detailed but lacking soul.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Visually immersive but emotionally uninvolving.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This Christmas Carol seems like a pale ghost of Dickens' magical Christmas classic.
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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.
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This sad excuse for family entertainment tries to enshrine a classic while defacing it.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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