'Arthur Christmas' Critic Reviews

95%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
91%
Rotten Tomatoes:   147 reviews
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    75
    In her directing debut, Aardman veteran Sarah Smith and her co-writer Peter Baynham offer a fresh look at the Santa legend: a flawed Claus.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Both Nighy and Broadbent do wonderful, richly funny voice work.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andy Lea Daily Star
    80
    A new Christmas classic.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    75
    The Aardman animators know a thing or three about sight gags and throw-away lines, and they pile up quickly, here.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    80
    Arthur Christmas will snuggle you up into a big, hearty festive cuddle and refuse to put you down until you've hugged it back.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    63
    There are moments of charm and it is a sweet story which kids might find entertaining enough, but chances are they will become just as restless as my crowd as the film stretches on.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kristal Cooper We Got This Covered
    90
    Arthur Christmas is a smart, funny, heartwarming story that will have you smile from ear-to-ear for the film's duration.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    67
    The settings, especially on the North Pole, are deliciously intricate and the characters understatedly quirky.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Knight Knight at the Movies
    The movie's idea that Santa and his elves have turned the distribution of presents every Dec. 24 into a major military operation makes me more than a tad uneasy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Gibson Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
    A plucky, clever animated Xmas tale that has much of Aardman's attention to quirky detail (bulbous noses), wordplay, and unconventional heroes (Arthur's fuelled by worry).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Deming TV Guide's Movie Guide
    88
    In a season unexpectedly full of quality family films, Arthur Christmas may have to fight for the attention it deserves, but if there was ever an example of a film that's a crowd-pleaser without talking down to its audience, this is it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses
    60
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    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cynthia Fuchs PopMatters
    Thank goodness that even the Santas have a mom to help them sort out their turmoils.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Croot Flicks.co.nz
    80
    A thoroughly entertaining movie that deserves to sleigh audiences both young and old this Yuletide.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • CJ Johnson ABC Radio (Australia)
    60
    There are things you just wouldn't see in a Pixar or Disney movie. For example, one of the main elves has an eyebrow piercing, uncommented on. Even more than that: two of the boy elves kiss... each other. It's progressive.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jay Stone Ottawa Citizen
    100
    Quite brilliant.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Quinn Independent
    Aardman films' yuletide offering is both a heartwarmer and a sly dig at the gospel of family togetherness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Siobhan Synnot Scotsman
    80
    Arthur Christmas has charm and a breezy confidence that makes it the epitome of a simple pleasure.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Stratton The Australian
    A witty and beautifully designed animated film.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    70
    Arthur may not be perfect, but he cares. The same can be said for the film. 'Arthur Christmas' is full of just enough holiday cheer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
    75
    It's as bright and twinkling as a Christmas tree, decked with warmth and humor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    84
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Tennis Cinemaclips.com
    80
    Arthur Christmas manages to deliver some holiday cheer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Neil Smith SFX Magazine
    60
    There's some great stuff here... What's missing is the delightful Britishness of Nick Park's films.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sarah Sluis Film Journal International
    A charming and inventive exploration of the mysterious workings of Santa, his sons and his elves. This animated tale is sure to be popular for Christmases to come.
    Full Review » 2 years ago