Dickens's Christmas Carol recast as a comic vehicle for Bill Murray: about the most depressing evidence yet available for the fate of the sentimental vein in fiction, with tons of "production values" to supply the crushing coup de grâce. Such is the depth of Murray's insincerity -- his remoteness from his role and his shin-rubbing coziness with his audience -- that he can manage to be no more convincing as the misanthrope at the start than as the philanthrope at the end. And there are no intermediate stages. With Karen Allen and Bobcat Goldthwait; directed by Richard Donner. (1988) — Duncan Shepherd
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