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90
The Hollywood Reporter
Leave it to the folks who brought us "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Flushed Away" to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre. Aardman's Arthur Christmas is that and more - an endlessly amusing 3D, CG-animated Yuletide romp with lively innovation at every turn and a dream voice cast headed by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.
80
Arthur Christmas embraces this unconditional faith and rewards it with creative explanations and a brisk computer-animated adventure clever enough to become essential yuletide viewing.
80
A great, big joy. Even if you're a bit bah humbug, just delight in the supremely clever Aardman comedy.
80
The real draw of Arthur Christmas is simpler: It's really funny.
75
Slant Magazine
A yuletide fable that boasts Aardman Animation's peerless mix of whip-smart comedy and cheery heart.
75
Orlando Sentinel
In a genre - the animated holiday film - already overflowing with the sentimental, the silly Arthur Christmas is a most welcome treat to find stuffed into the cinema's stockings this holiday season.
75
Arthur Christmas stays sweet without becoming overly sentimental and is filled with sly details and smart action sequences.
75
Chicago Tribune
A tender and upbeat spirit informs the writing and the execution.
60
Boxoffice Magazine
Aimed at kids, Arthur Christmas could be a little trying if you're over 10, but if you want an easygoing flick to get you into the mood for the holidays you could do a lot worse.
60
All of the actors' vocal performances are spot-on, including McAvoy's gentle Arthur, Nighy's salty GrandSanta and Ashley Jensen's cute stowaway elf Bryony, a chipper little pixie that would make Rudolph's pal Hermey proud.

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