Arthur Christmas (2011) - Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Sarah Smith
Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 8 out of 94 found boring (8.51%)

One-line Reviews (56)

This is one of the worst movies of 2011, as well as one of the worst movie I have ever seen.

All in all, colourful and entertaining, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

All the movie is about is a dopey character study of a clumsy boy named Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) who is the son of Santa (voiced by Jim Broadbent) who after he realizes that one Christmas present is forgotten he goes on a so called entertaining adventure with his grandfather who was once Santa Claus (voiced by Bill Nighy) a 136 year old man who dresses back up as Santa Claus and doesn't even know where this young British girl named Gwen (voiced by Ramona Marquez) even lives because he thinks that she either lives in Mexico, Canada, or Tanzania when she doesn't.

Pretty basic Christmas story, but it's the premise and the characters that make it worth watching.

I think that for the most part, they enjoyed it though I think the humour and writing may have actually fit for a bit older crowd.

(A child is missed which means our Titualar hero must put things right) Cue a crazy, MANIC and entertaining Slegih-trip that ranges from Lion attacks to Supposed Alien Invasion!

Thin plot dragged out too long .

It was funny, entertaining, it had a huge heart, and it kept to the Christmas spirit.

Arthur Christmas is one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in a long time.

Was fun, enjoyable and just at the right level.

The film opens as a clever take on secret mission action films (This reminds me of the Prep & Landing TV Specials), but then mixes with exciting family adventure.

The main character of Arthur, the youngest son of Santa is sometimes boring with his permanent and long worries, fears and excitement.

A wild, fast paced, constantly moving narrative driven by some truly lovable characters.

But the adventure was so predictable and boring.

Of course, trying to be cunning, I will not - a gift to be delivered on time, but before that, it dared to 2 people and 1 elf survive many exciting adventures that will allow viewers of any age category had a good laugh, the spirit of the Christmas holidays and in no way be disappointed predictable happy ending .

The voice-cast is splendid, too, breathing life into the imaginatively re-imagined classic 'Christmas' characters, and it's really these believably home-spun players that tie the affair together to make it the relatively heart-warming and enjoyable experience it actually is.

But here all of that merely stood in for a genuine and engaging story that I actually related to.

Arthur himself is terribly banal.

Arthur Christmas is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in quite a long time and I am happy to say the movie is now becoming a Christmas tradition for me.

Fascinating film with lot of action and laugh .

There's plenty of funny moments, it's fast paced.

This made it even more exciting.

It is full of outstanding visuals, entertaining characters, terrific voice work (especially Bill Nighy's GrandSanta), and lots of little unexpected gags and touches which are constant delights.

Worth watching!

Christmas is an exciting time for children and Arthur Christmas is just such a good-natured, fun movie that delivers on that spirit.

In addition to such bad plot, the expressions of characters are boring.

Surprisingly charming, wholesomely entertaining family fun.

A disappointingly dull adventure.

The movie is fast paced and straight from the first scene is sucks you in and keeps your attention throughout.

This was the best kind of family movie -- fast-paced, lots of fun, entertaining for elementary age, middle schoolers, and parents, and with NO bad words or sexual innuendo.

It really suffers from an unremarkable, boring narrative that every once and a while has a humorous moment, but, it honestly is quite an unmemorable and tedious experience that lacks any of the quirkiness or any of the goof ball charm that made chicken run or wallace and gromit so delightful and pleasing to watch.

An enjoyable Christmas movie to watch with the whole family .

The ending is predictable.

Exciting holiday animation about our image of Santa verses his spirit of giving.

I had to fast forward many times during the movie to skip the boring moments.

Bottom line: very enjoyable, good messages, lots of twists and fun humor ...

To be honest my wife and i were both surprised how entertaining WE found the film.

An entertaining holiday film that tries to take a unique look at the life of Santa Claus.

It has a very engaging story, witty humor, drama that makes sense, wonderful characters, and beautiful animation.

It's beginning to become cliché that in Christmas you have to watch movies that have to do with Santa.

Aside from a couple of good scenes (the lions attack scene and Arthur getting back on the sleigh), this film was just one boring ride.

This film had the potential of being entertaining despite the done to death storyline, but fails because of tedious and agonizing length.

The British Santa is different from the norm, but once gramps and Arthur start their sleigh ride the movie gets highly repetitive.

'Arthur Christmas (2011)' is a surprisingly charming, wholesomely entertaining and sparsely funnily family film that spreads 'Christmas cheer' without forcing it down your throat, projecting its keen underdog themes with a visual flair and familial splendour.

It's very fascinating to learn about the filmmaker's vision of who Santa Claus to be.

Not perfect, but enormously entertaining .

This movie has some clever ideas about Santa and his background and it features witty humor and enjoyable animation.

Overall, Arthur Christmas came this close to perfection the same way Dreamworks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon did, but it's heartwarming tale, wonderful characters, and beautiful animation makes it a compelling Christmas film for families young and old.

Yet, in the end, regardless of the jazzy visuals, it's a lovely and exciting story for the holidays.

The animation is absolutely breathtaking, it is all very colourful and beautifully modelled, and the soundtrack is so rousing it makes you want to get out your favourite Christmas Carols/Songs CD and sing along afterwards.

There is a bit too much high-tech machinery in "Arthur Christmas" that slightly detracts from the holiday-theme narrative, but the character of Arthur is engaging enough for that not to provide technical difficulties to the overall mood of the movie.

At some point, things go way too confusing to follow, and probably way too confusing for the creators as well.

The festive season kicks off with a bang thanks to Aardman Studios' (famous for Wallace and Gromit) second noteworthy foray into computer animation (the ho-hum Flushed Away being their debut).

Not The Polar Express, but still an entertaining holiday film.

Arthur Christmas, against all odds, triumphs with fantastic animation, a whirlwind cast of characters, and more to make a truly enjoyable animated film.

A film that succeeds in entertaining children and, in making the older viewers feel the onset of rosy and sometimes, emotional family nostalgia.