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A network TV president is perhaps the most cold-hearted man ever, but his holiday spirit is given a painful booster shot by three vengeful ghosts. In this darkly comic updating of Charles Dicken's Christmas classic "A Christmas Carol," Bill Murray portrays Frank Cross, an evil, crass, executive who caters to the lowest-of-the-lowest common denominators, firing people whenever he wants to and for the flimsiest of reasons. Therefore, to change his cruel and tasteless ways, Cross is taken on a trip through his past to his future, accompanied by ghosts David Johansen and Carol Kane, so that he can achieve redemption.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 40
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 6.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: In spite of the jokes at the expense of television-network censors, there's very little in the film, aside from naughty words, that wouldn't be perfectly acceptable on prime-time television.
Fresh: Despite the juicy, on-the-edge craziness, Murray is able to layer his outrageous histrionics with an inner sensibility, making his ultimate transformation not only believable but Christmas-cheer uplifting.
Fresh: This is not a 'good movie' -- in fact, it's a sprawling mess -- but I like it.
Fresh: Bill Murray as Scrooge? Now that's perfect casting!
One of the best!
This is one of the best Christmas comedies of recent time! Bill Murray was perfect!
Simply a must have! Of course "The Ref" and "Christmas Vacation" should be on that list too!
best christmas movie EVER.
this is the best christmas movie EVER. bill murray is at his best and the ghosts of christmas take pleasure messing with him. murray's 1 liners are great and i even like the very end when he's adlibing to the camera and talking to the audience. this is one of my top 5 christmas movies ever.
I love this movie
I got this for Christmas one year and loved it ever since. It is the best bill murray movie he has made. I watch it even when it is not Christmas.