- Nephew Fred just seems whiny;
- The Ghost of Christmas Present is scroogier than Scrooge and lacks any Christmas Spirit;
- Oppressive background music.
Here's the first 10 minutes:
Salon.com loves this version:
Well, Cratchits and ghosts come and go, one might argue, but every "Christmas Carol" must rise or fall with its Scrooge. And on this point the 1984 version most emphatically ascends.Classic-Horror.com (it's a ghost story, after all) says, "the overwhelming performance of George C. Scott vaults it to a marvelous level."