The 5 best and 5 worst movie adaptations of a Christmas carol, ranked (according to IMDb)

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There are many great Christmas movies out there, such as the well-known Hallmark Pictures, but one of the most famous Christmas stories is that of Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol. Some of its adaptations are more faithful to the book than others, but there are always good and bad movies in this collection.

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But before we jump into the list, it’s worth mentioning the 1999 TV movie adaptation starring Patrick Stewart, which has a 7.4 rating on IMDb and doesn’t make the list, although it’s still worth it. to be watched. Without further ado, here are the 5 best and 5 worst movie adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Classified.


ten Worst: Scrooged (1988) – 7.0


Although in the “worst” category on this list, the years 1988 Shaved is actually a decent movie and a good comedy with Bill Murray in the title role. Critics didn’t like the adaptation ⁠ – it only scores 38 out of 100 on Metacritic ⁠ – but regular viewers enjoyed it very much, giving it a 7.0 rating on IMDb .

This modern tale has the so-called Frank Cross as the main character instead of the original Ebenezer Scrooge. Cross is a cynical TV executive who receives a visit from three Christmas ghosts and gradually becomes a different person and changes his view of the world.

9 Best: Scrooge (1970) – 7.5


1970s Scrooge is by far one of the most faithful adaptations of Dickens’ novel. He manages to turn the story into a musical while sticking to the source material as much as possible. This, of course, led to commercial and critical success.

In fact, this film was nominated for a BAFTA, five Golden Globes and four Oscars, with Albert Finney winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical. The score was also nominated, which is probably why the film was adapted into a live musical in 1992.

8 Worse: A Christmas Carol (2009) – 6.8


Even though Robert Zemeckis’ take on the classic is considered one of the worst adaptations, it’s actually pretty good in a lot of ways. 2009 A Christmas Carol features a star cast of Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and more.

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What makes this adaptation really special is the 3D computer animation technique used to create the film. The visuals are still amazing even though the technology has become somewhat outdated over time.

7 Best: A Christmas Carol (1938) – 7.5


Another black and white film on the list, from the 1938s A Christmas Carol is surprisingly good enough, all things considered. It was originally slated for release in 1939, went into production, and then completed within weeks, often resulting in disaster.

There isn’t much to say about this adaptation except that it was later colorized when it was released on VHS in 1988. To make the film more family-friendly, many darker aspects of the story have been taken care of. dropped, but that didn’t influence the quality of the film as much as it did with the 1935 version.

6 Worst: Scrooge (1935) – 6.6


1935s Scrooge is one of the few black-and-white movies on this list and, coincidentally, one of the bad ones. It stars Sir Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge, the actor who has played this character on stage since 1901 and also in the 1913 British silent film.

There are a number of differences between the book and the movie, which may be why this adaptation isn’t as popular as the others. For example, some characters like Fan, Scrooge’s sister, are not present while other characters like ghosts do not fully appear on screen.

5 Best: The Muppets’ Christmas Carol (1992) – 7.7


If you are looking for a family adaptation of Dickens’ book, then The Muppets’ Christmas Carol is the one for you. This musical was the fourth feature film Muppets film and the first to be produced after the death of their creator, Jim Henson.

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This film was also the first Muppets movie produced by Disney (which ultimately bought the franchise), so you can be sure your kids will love the movie while you can enjoy the songs and laugh at the jokes.

4 Worse: A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) – 6.5


It’s another musical adaptation, but this time it wasn’t that good.

The screenplay is based on the 1994 musical by Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens. The film’s score includes 22 songs, most of which were also adapted from the stage. Nonetheless, it didn’t help the film much in any way.

3 Best: A Christmas Carol (1984) – 7.8


1984 A Christmas Carol is another TV movie, but this one is way better than the music version. Clive Donner, who edited the hit Scrooge in 1951, assumed the role of director of this project and did not disappoint anyone.

This adaptation is still one of the most popular of those that currently exist. When it was first broadcast on television, it quickly developed a dedicated fan base. Later it was released on VHS then DVD and even Blu-ray.

2 Worse: Mrs. Scrooge (1997) – 5.4


By far the worst adaptation of Dickens’ novel is that of 1997 Mrs. Scrooge. While the film attempted to approach the story in a new and never seen before way, it failed to be original or at least good enough. contrary to Shaved, Mrs. Scrooge is certainly something you would call a “failed experiment”.

The characters of Ebenezer Scrooge and Jacob Marley are gender swapped into Ms. Ebenita Scrooge and Maude Marley while the location is changed from London to Providence, Rhode Island. The story being changed so much could be one of the reasons this adaptation was not so successful.

1 Best: Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951) – 8.1


As mentioned earlier, the years 1951 Scrooge had a lot of success. Also known as A Christmas CarolThis movie has a few differences from the original story, but those differences manifest in a way that benefits the movie rather than shrinking it and diminishing its quality.

For example, Scrooge’s story is in much more detail here and we actually learn how he became such a miserable person. This is just one of the many changes that ultimately elevated the film and made it more successful both critically and commercially.

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