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The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.


  • Dan Stevens
  • Mark Schrier
  • Patrick Joseph Byrnes
  • Miriam Margolyes
  • Morfydd Clark
  • Justin Edwards
  • Cosimo Fusco
  • Jasper Hughes Cotter
  • James Heffernan
  • Aleah Lennon

Did You Know?


  • Some of the cast has previously been on TV series Doctor Who.
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  • The film is set from 1842-43. The background music in the New York theater scene is "Yankee Doodle Dandy". This was written for the play "Little Johnny Jones" in 1904.
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    • Mr. John Dickens: The mere sight of cows causes her actual, physical pain.
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Verified Review

A story that we've all come to love and cherish, that takes us into the mind, life, and inspiration for the greatest redemption story of all time...

Jim B
Verified Review

really enjoyed it. and encourage other readersto see. The process of writing can be stressful.

Dee M


Oct 29, 2017

There are many pleasures along the way, including the effective evocation of Victorian-era London.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Oct 29, 2017

The more that Nalluri tries to connect Dickens’ personal breakthroughs to those of his fictional character, the less authentic it feels. Inadvertently, this forgettable bauble ends up illustrating just how rare and precious true inspiration is.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International
Oct 29, 2017

As a portrait of an author on the verge of a breakthrough, this is a run-of-the-mill, occasionally clumsy biopic; as for contextualizing Christmas, it never explains how it functioned before Dickens and only briefly mentions how it changed after him.

Metacritic review by Alonso Duralde
Alonso Duralde