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Movie Review Round-Up: Arthur Christmas

Aardman and Sony’s “Arthur Christmas,” starring James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie, is one of those Christmas movies that seems to be hitting its stride at the movie theater. In fact, it looks like it’s on its way to becoming a Christmas classic.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, “Arthur Christmas” has been praised by the critics with a 92% fresh rating. Audiences have also seemed to like it, giving it an 81% rating. Here’s what the critics said about the film:

“Here’s hoping this becomes another family Christmas classic, which it very much deserves.”–Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)

“This is a definite Oscar contender for Best Animated Film.”–Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum

“Aardman Animation has long taken the tried and true and made it smart and new…With ‘Arthur Christmas,’ the wizards of Aardman and Sony Animation schuss into even more sloppy, overworked territory–the heartwarming Christmas story. 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.”–John Anderson, Newsday

“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. 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.” James Berardinelli,

What do you think about “Arthur Christmas”? Give your opinions below.

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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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