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A Christmas Carol (2019)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Grim, violent adaptation of Dickens classic brings no cheer.

TV FX Drama 2019
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

NOT for KIDS: very interesting take on the classical take, but it’s for adults

I forgot to check common sense media before beginning to watch this, my husband saw the 9+ rating on Disney+(what the heck, Disney?) and thought it would be ok…. I had to jump up for the remote and turn it off about 20-30 minutes in. My 10 year old was terrified, and cried for a while afterwards. It’s extremely dark and gory. We didn’t even get to the nude scenes described by other viewers… It’s not the first time Disney shows an inappropriate/erroneous age rating on a movie or show. I hope to finish watching it but without the kids. It’s definitely meant for adults. My almost 15 year old even said it was more violent than many Marvel movies our 10 year old has not been allowed to watch.
age 16+

Not for Little Ones

Definitely not for little ones. The whole story is dark and kind of depressing. Sexual exploitation in several ways as well as rear female nudity. Really good for adults though!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This gritty remake of the iconic tale delivers a cold, depressing story that offers little to celebrate about. The three-part series is visually dark, which helps create the grim story world it features, and the dark themes just keep on coming. References to sexual exploitation, gruesome imagery, and child abuse only add to its already depressing nature.

Unlike the original novella, nothing good really happens, and the characters express little hope for a happier future. But the performances are solid, and some may find this somber adaption of A Christmas Carol to be a creative departure from previous holiday versions. Nonetheless, if you're looking something uplifting to get you into the holiday spirit, you will not find it here.

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