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Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.
Fantasy Adventure - Despite the presence of star Jim Carrey, this motion capture
animation is a fairly serious take on the classic holiday story, and
it features a number of creepy sequences that are too dark and
intense for young kids. With the exception of Carrey, all the other
roles played by recognizable names are small ones.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent "Disney's A Christmas Carol" by Robert Zemeckis (and Charles Dickens, of course) is an exhilarating visual experience and proves for the third time he's one of the few directors who knows what he's doing with 3-D.
USA TodayFull Review Average A re-telling should either present a resonant or fresh thematic take. This Christmas Carol seems like a pale ghost of Dickens' magical Christmas classic.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 68 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:These reviews show what I expected, this movie is too dark and scary for young children. Usually, reviews from children are all very high. They always to love the latest movie they see. These reviews show that close to half the kids were disappointed in "A Christmas Carol.".
TEENS:There were only teen females and half of them loved it. Most of the remaining half rated it average to below average. These are decent reviews, but certainly not great.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Two-thirds of the males loved it. The other third rated it average to below average. The females all, pretty much, loved "A Christmas Carol." Only a small percentage rated it average.
ADULTS:These reviews show that this animated story is enjoyed most by adults. The male reviews are unusually high for an animated movie. The female reviews are very good. Most enjoyed it very much. Just a small percentage were somewhat disappointed.
Ebenezer Scrooge (JIM CARREY) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (GARY OLDMAN) and his cheery nephew (COLIN FIRTH). Scrooge makes it clear that he has no intention of enjoying the holiday and, as always, goes home—alone— where he encounters the ghost of his dead business partner Jacob Marley. Marley, who's paying the price in the afterlife for his own callousness, hopes to help Scrooge avoid a similar fate and tells him that he will be visited by three spirits. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take Old Scrooge on an eye-opening journey revealing truths he's reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.