Box art for A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol (1938)

children & family

In this adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale, an elderly miser learns the error of his ways on Christmas Eve when he is visited by ghosts from Christmases past, present and future.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

A gentle, less scary version of the classic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that younger viewers might still be unnerved by the ghosts.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Christmas is really about. Families with teens can compare this movie to later versions. The theme that one man's cruelty affects the lives of many is a worthwhile subject for families to discuss. Families may also want to discuss how people survive and deal with unfair circumstances. How do the Cratchits cope?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I liked how the story was told, but the characters were a little bit overdrawn so, rather than being only suggested, their features were thrust on our throat by force.

- alice5mith, Friday, January 8, 2010