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Man Who Invented Christmas, The (U)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.

The critical consensus

Dan Stevens is Dickens and Christopher Plummer Scrooge in an imaginative if twee festive film.

***(*)(*)Matthew Turner, The List, 27/11/2017

The liveliness of the performances go a long way to compensating for the creakiness of the concept.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 29/11/2017

Dan Stevens is on lively form as Dickens, but while no turkey, the end result is mostly a lot of whimsical nonsense.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/11/2017

Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens in this tin-eared, saccharine, entirely terrible comic fantasy about the writing of A Christmas Carol.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 01/12/2017

It is all a bit frantic and flippant but if you are looking for something to fill you with festive spirit then you could do worse.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 01/12/2017

A lightweight, tinselly film with some nice touches and appealing performances, though it never lands its darker moments.

***(*)(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 01/12/2017

The story behind the writing of A Christmas Carol gets lost is this twee, cliched sketch.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 03/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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