A Christmas Carol (1951)

Movie review by Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

The classic book brought to life.

NR 1951 86 minutes

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age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 8+

the best a christmas carol.

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age 8+

A great antidote to the cynicism surrounding Christmas.

This is a wonderful movie, a classic. The story of Scrooge's redemption and return to life "among the living" as someone who keeps the messages of kindness, gratitude, and charity towards his fellows is one that has been obscured by countless re-tellings and absorption into pop culture. There are two deathbed scenes, and the climactic scene where Scrooge faces the reality of his own death, and they are sad (for different reasons), but I wouldn't prevent my son from watching them. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is presented as a black-robed faceless figure, Death-like, and this can be frightening for younger children. Also, there is a scene where the Cratchits, including the children, have a round of gin punch, but there is no drunkenness or inappropriate behavior--this is just a matter of historic and textual accuracy.

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