The Man Who Invented Christmas : Critic Reviews

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Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a jaunty, amusing patchwork of truths, half-truths and pure fiction that cleverly combine to recount the story of the whirlwind creation of Charles Dickens' famed novella "A Christmas Carol."
Moira Macdonald The Seattle Times
It’s a pleasant Christmas-season offering; both mild (read: family-friendly) and sweet.
Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter
There are many pleasures along the way, including the effective evocation of Victorian-era London.
Peter Debruge Variety
In addition to being a rather fine addition to the Christmas-movie canon, the film marks a useful teaching tool — a better option for classroom screenings than any of the previous “Carol” adaptations, once students have finished reading the novella.
Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice
The movie — based on Les Standiford’s novel — is pleasantly simpleminded, often assembled from parts of other movies.
Alonso Duralde TheWrap
As a portrait of an author on the verge of a breakthrough, this is a run-of-the-mill, occasionally clumsy biopic; as for contextualizing Christmas, it never explains how it functioned before Dickens and only briefly mentions how it changed after him.
David Ehrlich IndieWire
A well-intentioned but wearisome jolt of prefab holiday cheer.
Tim Grierson Screen International
The more that Nalluri tries to connect Dickens’ personal breakthroughs to those of his fictional character, the less authentic it feels. Inadvertently, this forgettable bauble ends up illustrating just how rare and precious true inspiration is.
Ben Kenigsberg The New York Times
Brightly lit and anchored by Mr. Stevens’s infectious, live-wire performance, the film, directed by Bharat Nalluri (“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”), nevertheless proceeds like a television holiday special, designed to distract children while winking at their parents.
Eric Henderson Slant Magazine
Since “humbug” is already spoken for by Ebenezer Scrooge, “opportunistic” would be the most apt word for The Man Who Invented Christmas.

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