An unlikely hero must complete a Christmas mission.
" With a clever script that successfully updates many Christmas myths and dialogue that crackles with sophisticated wit, this movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate. "
" Unexpectedly fresh, despite the familiar-sounding premise. "
" Take it as you will: a special Christmastime treat, or a gift-wrapped cross-promotional fruitcake (um, thanks?) from Aardman's Hollywood partners. "
" The results are not only funny and fresh, but represent a new way of tackling the whole yuletide paradigm: Santa as a high-tech hereditary monarchy. "
" It's busy but buoyant, and it honors the tradition of giving with wit and style. "
" For the kids, the action is always lively and, for the rest of us, the dialogue has a witty and even caustic edge. "
" It would be a Christmas miracle save for one lump of coal: an ear-shattering Justin Bieber song over the end credits. "
" The premise recalls those sophisticated lies parents cook up when their kids start asking logical questions about Santa. "
" The surprise gift of the season: a sharp, savvy holiday comedy that doesn't get its laughs at the expense of those who start to glow in the early days of December. It's a most entertaining package indeed. "
" Hilarious, fast-paced and superbly entertaining. "
" It's a lovely bit of work. "
" An animated kiddie comedy that delivers all the wonder you'd expect in a movie about a guy delivering one package. "
" What makes Arthur sing is that it plays as much like a family comedy as a holiday film. "
" If "Arthur Christmas" doesn't make you happy, I honestly don't know what's wrong with you. "
" Like most of Aardman's work ... [it's] more clever than outright funny, but it's also genuinely sweet, and the complicated relations among Santa's clan are surprisingly believable "
" The movie fails utterly at coming up with a story that merits all the eye candy. "
" Good for the kids, good for the parents, and good for Christmas. "
" Everything you see in Arthur Christmas is fashioned in the service of telling a story ... brilliantly "
" It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor. "
" 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. "
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