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In this modern take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is a wildly successful television executive whose cold ambition and curmudgeonly nature has driven away the love of his life, Claire Phillips (Karen Allen). But after firing a staff member, Eliot Loudermilk (Bobcat Goldthwait), on Christmas Eve, Frank is visited by a series of ghosts who give him a chance to re-evaluate his actions and right the wrongs of his past.

Actors: Bill Murray , Karen Allen , John Forsythe , Bobcat Goldthwait , Carol Kane , Robert Mitchum , Michael J. Pollard , Alfre Woodard , John Glover , David Johansen
Directors: Richard Donner
Country: USA
Release: 1988-11-23
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  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Murray doing what he does best, if you like that sort of thing.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joe Brown

    This is not a "good movie" -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it. And I mean that sincerely, you knucklehead.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    Scrooged works in fits and starts. The mundane demands of the sentimental story keep interrupting what are, essentially, revue sketches, a few of which are hilarious.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Neither Scrooged nor Murray, who is front and center throughout, is particularly funny.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Scrooged is one of the most disquieting, unsettling films to come along in quite some time. It was obviously intended as a comedy, but there is little comic about it, and indeed the movie's overriding emotions seem to be pain and anger.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Hal Hinson

    Irony is the movie's escape hatch. It allows the filmmakers to stage maudlin bits and, at the same time, signal the audience that they're too cool to actually believe in them. Their cool is all-purpose, and it carries with it a note of genuine nastiness. They manipulate us into a sentimental response, then kick us in the teeth for buying it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Tacky in the extreme, this self-congratulatory 1988 film is an exercise in hypocrisy, indulging every form of Christmas exploitation that it pretends to attack, and many of the laughs are forced.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Scrooged is an appallingly unfunny comedy, and a vivid illustration of the fact that money can't buy you laughs. Its stocking spilling with big names and production values galore, this updating of Dickens' A Christmas Carol into the world of cutthroat network television is, one episode apart, able to generate only a few mild chuckles.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Scrooged is that rarest of contemporary Hollywood phenomena -- a Christmas movie with Christmas spirit. [23 Nov 1988, p.21]

    Boston Globe Full Review
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  • 12. Sweetest Thing Performer: New Voices of Freedom featuring Adriane McDonald and George Pendergrass Stream Music Online
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