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The film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.
Comedy Drama - This film about the story of Charles Dickens's creation
of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is aimed at and safe for the whole
family, but it will find most appeal with older adults.
Fans of lead Dan Stevens will be pleased. There is
some brief alcohol and tobacco, but on the whole this
is safe viewing for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The way it has been presented, with forced and artificial junctions, keeps the viewer at arms-length from the story and creates questions about the historicity of some scenes.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...we will have to make do with his appearance here, which stands out like a delightful sugar plum in the middle of an otherwise stale cake.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 34 moviegoers:
Overall, these are GREAT REVIEWS! Most everyone indicated that they either loved "The Man Who Invented Christmas" or they enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average." Just a few rated it as low as "average," which isn't a bad review, it's just a little on the low side.
After a string of successful novels, world-renowned writer Dickens (Dan Stevens)
has had three flops in a row. With the needs of his burgeoning family and his
extravagance rapidly emptying his pockets, Dickens grows desperate for another
Tormented by writer's block and at odds with his publishers, he grasps at an
idea for a
surefire hit, a Christmas story he hopes will capture the imagination of his
fans and solve his
financial problems. But with only six weeks to write and publish the book before
and without the support of his publishers - who question why anyone would ever
book about Christmas - he will have to work feverishly to meet his deadline.
Dickens locks himself away to write, but his chaotic household, which now
his profligate father (Tony winner Jonathan Pryce), is a constant distraction.
into the night, the writer channels his own memories to conjure up the ghosts of
Past, Present and Yet to Come, and place them on a collision course with the
miser Ebenezer Scrooge (Oscar winner Christopher Plummer).