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A Christmas Carol

children & family, comedy


Christmas elicits nothing more than "bah, humbug!" from Ebenezer Scrooge (George Scott), a miser whose sole pursuit of financial success has left him a bitter and lonely old man.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Bleak but solid adaptation of Dickens' classic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this movie, the granddaddy of morality tales, Dickens' timeless material looks unglamorously at 19th century English life and shows us how wrong turns, if not righted, can lead good people astray. The music dramatically complements a finely adapted script. Delivered dryly, the humor hits its mark; you can't help laughing at Scrooge's expense. Despite the valuable message, this version may be too dark and frightening for some. There's plenty here for the entire family to enjoy, and even shed a few tears over. But the scenes are bleak. Glimpses of desperate families and sickly children. A once bitter and resentful man anguishes over the pain he's caused others. Glimpses of a tortured childhood place partial blame for Scrooge's condition on an uncaring father.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how we make right our wrongs.
  • How do you recognize your wrongs?
  • Do you find them on your own, or doyou, like Scrooge, need someone else to help you see them?
  • How do youmake things right?

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Audience Reviews

5 stars

One of my fav Christmas movies that I watch anytime of the year. George C. Scott is the best Scrooge ever with Albert Finney a close second.One of my fav Christmas movies that I watch anytime of the year.

- kogrone, Monday, November 23, 2009

4 stars

Really a good version of an oft-sappy Christmas story. Very well acted by luminaries such as George C. Scott and David Warner.

- cchclaw, Wednesday, January 1, 2014

4 stars

Really a good version of an oft-sappy Christmas story. Very well acted by luminaries such as George C. Scott and David Warner.

- cchclaw, Wednesday, January 1, 2014