An American Carol 2008

Critics score:
11 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine: As entertainment, An American Carol ranks below YouTube clips of Sarah Palin. Read more

Sam Adams, AV Club: What makes An American Carol overtly depressing rather than merely lame is its allegiance to a diseased political discourse built on crude dichotomies: Either you're a bellicose, God-fearing patriot or a troop-hating, traitorous hippie. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Ultimately, the problem with An American Carol is the problem with far too much political discourse in this country, left or right: It highlights the worst excesses of the opposition for the sole purpose of discrediting the vast middle. Read more

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: Given that this supremely silly satire directed by The Naked Gun's David Zucker plays more like something slapped together to beat an expiration date, it's hard to get too worked up about it. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Only you can decide whether you're in the mood to wade through the smear of stink jokes and political ravings. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: This movie's level of political discourse makes Couric/Palin look like Frost/Nixon. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Is there any filmmaker alive, whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal, capable of producing a truly incisive, intelligent satire about our politically polarized times? Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Even if it weren't three years too late to parody Moore (ineptly played by Kevin Farley), Moore's ridiculous tribute to Cuban health care in Sicko is far funnier than anything in this desperately laughless farce from David Zucker. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: It's a polemic, a screed, a combination comic rant and sentimental flag-waver that doesn't work as either. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: An American Carol is about as not-funny as a comedy can get. Read more

Susan Walker, Toronto Star: Utterly asinine, sophomoric, tasteless, the movie has much in common with Zucker's Airplane!, The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and Scary Movie sequels, minus the laughs. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Poorly made indie production has a script that feels like a list of ripostes collected over the last several years to liberal criticisms of the U.S.: The whole enterprise feels far more agenda- than entertainment-driven. Read more