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Arthur Christmas

Adventure . Comedy . Family . Animation . Drama

This Christmas movie highlights the technological advances of operations at the North Pole, revealing how Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, every operation has a margin of error… When one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed "acceptable" to all but one, Arthur. Arthur Claus is Santa’s misfit son who executes an unauthorized rookie mission to get the last present half way around the globe before dawn on Christmas morning.

Actors: Michael Palin , Eva Longoria , Laura Linney , Marc Wootton , Imelda Staunton , Ramona Marquez , Hugh Laurie , Jim Broadbent , James McAvoy , Bill Nighy
Directors: Sarah Smith , Barry Cook
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2011-11-23
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  • Peter Rainer

    The action is swift and witty, and the 3-D effects are imaginative and not simply tacked on as with so many animated movies these days.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Leave it to the folks who brought us "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Flushed Away" to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre. Aardman's Arthur Christmas is that and more - an endlessly amusing 3D, CG-animated Yuletide romp with lively innovation at every turn and a dream voice cast headed by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michelle Orange

    Arthur Christmas is a Grinch-style story of rekindled Christmas spirit told from inside Santa's compound at the North Pole.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Keith Staskiewicz

    The resulting adventure, like most of Aardman's work (Chicken Run, Flushed Away), is more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believable.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Arthur Christmas gets a little sappy toward the end - it is a Christmas movie, after all - but it otherwise strikes just the right combination of naughty and nice, reverent and irrelevant, holiday-sweet and Aardman dry.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    It would be a Christmas miracle save for one lump of coal: an ear-shattering Justin Bieber song over the end credits. Gotta sell something to the kids at Yuletide.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The real draw of Arthur Christmas is simpler: It's really funny.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    A great, big joy. Even if you're a bit bah humbug, just delight in the supremely clever Aardman comedy.

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Arthur Christmas embraces this unconditional faith and rewards it with creative explanations and a brisk computer-animated adventure clever enough to become essential yuletide viewing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Sarah Smith pulls the various threads of this wholly original – well, as original as can be reasonably expected given the thousands of cinematic iterations Christmastime has provoked over the years – together into a very coherent, visually stunning, oftentimes laugh-out-loud hilarious holiday film.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    For the kids, the action is always lively and, for the rest of us, the dialogue has a witty and even caustic edge.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    When it comes to Christmas movies, although most are quickly forgotten, a select few go on to become touchstones, beloved and re-watched by families year after year after year. Arthur Christmas may have what it takes to join the latter category.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Arthur is sort of a dull hero, but the grandfather is classic, hilarious Aardman -- a thoroughly British eccentric prone to weird nostalgic/fatalistic utterances.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This is a world where training wheels are called "stabilizers" and where children leave something called "mince pies" for Santa. (Um. Ew?) As a result, the occasional line will fly over your little ones' heads. But you can also expect for them to be charmed by it all.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Trey Graham

    The film does have a distinctly British cheek; even with a Sony Pictures co-credit over the titles, it's just un-Hollywood enough to feel like a breath of fresh North Pole air.

    NPR Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    A worthy addition to the Christmas movie canon. It's funny and good-looking, with an impeccable voice cast of U.K. actors. It's also unexpectedly fresh, despite the familiar-sounding premise.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    There's nothing dark about Arthur: It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Crisply shot and voiced by a legion of Brits, the animated Arthur seems aimed at the Scrooge and caroler in all of us.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The film's indefatigable holiday spirit is infectious.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A tender and upbeat spirit informs the writing and the execution.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jody Mitori

    Arthur Christmas stays sweet without becoming overly sentimental and is filled with sly details and smart action sequences.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    In a genre - the animated holiday film - already overflowing with the sentimental, the silly Arthur Christmas is a most welcome treat to find stuffed into the cinema's stockings this holiday season.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    A yuletide fable that boasts Aardman Animation's peerless mix of whip-smart comedy and cheery heart.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Arthur was made, in co-production with Sony, by Aardman Animations, the U.K. company best known for Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit shorts, and the character animation has some of the same homely charm.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Watching Arthur Christmas is like doing your holiday shopping on Dec. 23: fun and frantic, exciting and maddening.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    All of the actors' vocal performances are spot-on, including McAvoy's gentle Arthur, Nighy's salty GrandSanta and Ashley Jensen's cute stowaway elf Bryony, a chipper little pixie that would make Rudolph's pal Hermey proud.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The plot may be a little too cluttered for the toddler crowd to follow, but the next age group up should be amused, and the script by Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith has plenty of sly jokes for grown-ups.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Arthur Christmas is not ultimately a cynical movie – it comes together sweetly and rather movingly at the end – but it springs forth from a place of cynicism.

    Time Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Aimed at kids, Arthur Christmas could be a little trying if you're over 10, but if you want an easygoing flick to get you into the mood for the holidays you could do a lot worse.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The plot, though, is recycled from the Vince Vaughn comedy "Fred Claus" (Santa's duties are assumed by a goofy relative, in this case son Arthur) and the old Rankin-Bass special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Arthur goes on a rogue expedition with a couple other misfits).

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Ho-ho-huh? Arthur Christmas is an animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder you'd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package. Maybe they should have called it "UPS Man: The Movie."

    New York Post Full Review
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