...a marvelous and touching yuletide toy of a movie, and the miracle is that it goes right back to the gilded Victorian spirit of those black-and-white films of yore.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
...an exhilarating visual experience...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
There's real artistry and heart here.
—Leah Rozen People
Disney's A Christmas Carol is, in its essence, a product reel, a showy, exuberant demonstration of the glories of motion capture, computer animation and 3D technology. On that level, it's a wow. On any emotional level, it's as cold as Marley's Ghost.
—Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter
...a whiz-bang 3-D thrill-ride with all the emotional satisfaction squeezed out of it.
—Ella Taylor Village Voice
...proves not so much bah-humbug as merely ho-hum.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
Shortchanging traditional animation by literalizing it while robbing actors of their full range of facial expressiveness, the performance-capture technique favored by director Robert Zemeckis looks more than ever like the emperor's new clothes in Disney's A Christmas Carol.
—Todd McCarthy Variety
Writer-director Robert Zemeckis has now made his third performance-capture animated film, on the heels of The Polar Express and Beowulf, and it's about time he crawled out of the CGI playpen and got back with the adults.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor