The Man Who Invented Christmas

The Man Who Invented Christmas

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Dan Stevens is a young Charles Dickens as he writes his classic novel, A Christmas Carol, in this biopic co-starring Jonathan Pryce and Christopher Plummer.

The story of how Charles Dickens revived the holiday of Christmas with his self-published novel, A Christmas Carol. Facing pressure with looming debt, a feckless father (Pryce) and recent critical failures, Dickens confronts his past by conjuring up fantastic characters including Ebenezer Scrooge (Plummer), for his now classic Christmas tale.

2017Rating: PG, Adult themes104 minsIreland, Canada
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol has been riffed on numerous times - there’s a 1901 silent movie; versions featuring Mickey Mouse, The Muppets, and Bill Murray; and a 3D CGI Jim Carrey rendition of miserable miser Scrooge. Here we have Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, juggling family with the solitary life of the writer. It’s 1843, Dickens is a 31-year-old celebrity, but after three misfires, he’s an author in dire need of a public hit. Enter Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and a variety of quirky characters, conjured from the author’s imagination and haranguing their creator as he writes them to life.

3.0
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Christopher Plummer is brilliant!

The standout performance of the movie is Christopher Plummer as Scrooge - he is obviously revelling in the role. The sets and costuming are great and the storyline is okay.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

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[Reveals] the equivalently satisfying story of how the English author conceived his beloved yuletide novella - while offering a chance for a splendidly cast Christopher Plummer to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the process.

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Time Out

Time Out

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It pushes its hero off his pedestal but delivers him - like Tom Hulce's Mozart in Amadeus - to a much better place, the earthy company of fellow citizens who dream of being inspired.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Brightly lit and anchored by Mr. Stevens's infectious, live-wire performance, the film ... proceeds like a television holiday special, designed to distract children while winking at their parents.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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At its heart it's a romp with no pretensions to be anything else.

3.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

The best of all the Christmas movies coming out on the dot of December, The Man Who Invented Christmas is the tale of Charles Dickens coming up with his classic story A Christmas Carol.

4.0
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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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Nalluri’s film captures in equal measure the charm and the schlocky sentiment of Dickens’s work.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"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."

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[Offers] enough enjoyable Masterpiece Theater-style moments to entice Anglophiles and those who can never get enough of Ebenezer Scrooge.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

This richly-detailed British costume drama takes a slice of Dickens’ life and weaves it in with the creation of one of his most successful books.

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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol has been riffed on numerous times - there’s a 1901 silent movie; versions featuring Mickey Mouse, The Muppets, and Bill Murray; and a 3D CGI Jim Carrey rendition of miserable miser Scrooge. Here we have Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, juggling family with the solitary life of the writer. It’s 1843, Dickens is a 31-year-old celebrity, but after three misfires, he’s an author in dire need of a public hit. Enter Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and a variety of quirky characters, conjured from the author’s imagination and haranguing their creator as he writes them to life.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

[Reveals] the equivalently satisfying story of how the English author conceived his beloved yuletide novella - while offering a chance for a splendidly cast Christopher Plummer to play Ebenezer Scrooge in the process.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It pushes its hero off his pedestal but delivers him - like Tom Hulce's Mozart in Amadeus - to a much better place, the earthy company of fellow citizens who dream of being inspired.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Brightly lit and anchored by Mr. Stevens's infectious, live-wire performance, the film ... proceeds like a television holiday special, designed to distract children while winking at their parents.

0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

At its heart it's a romp with no pretensions to be anything else.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

The best of all the Christmas movies coming out on the dot of December, The Man Who Invented Christmas is the tale of Charles Dickens coming up with his classic story A Christmas Carol.

4.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Nalluri’s film captures in equal measure the charm and the schlocky sentiment of Dickens’s work.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"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."

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[Offers] enough enjoyable Masterpiece Theater-style moments to entice Anglophiles and those who can never get enough of Ebenezer Scrooge.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

This richly-detailed British costume drama takes a slice of Dickens’ life and weaves it in with the creation of one of his most successful books.

0

Christopher Plummer is brilliant!

The standout performance of the movie is Christopher Plummer as Scrooge - he is obviously revelling in the role. The sets and costuming are great and the storyline is okay.

4.0
0