Once the rude shock of a profane Claus wears off, there's not really much to do except await the next outrageous remark.
Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge.
Best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer.
Much like School Of Rock, Bad Santa salvages a tired, paint-by-numbers formula by resisting it every step of the way, stubbornly refusing to stop its juvenile fun until the last possible moment.
I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.
Zwigoff's safe-cracking con-man Santa is one of vilest creatures to ever grace a screen.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This amusingly venal, possibly shocking tale is just what Scrooge ordered.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Bad Santa squeezes enough humour into its tight costume to satisfy anyone suffering from seasonal sickness.
| Original Score: 3/5
With Thornton giving a terrific deadpan performance, this is the perfect antidote to the usual saccharine Christmas confection.
Too naughty for kids; nice for some grown-ups.
George Bailey never kicked Mr. Potter in the nuts.
| Original Score: 4/4
The movie revels in a gloriously pessimistic tone and manages a few brief moments of hilarity amid the satire.
| Original Score: B-
Bad Santa is crude, disgusting, violent, graphic, and has a lot of unsuitable content I wouldn't recommend for a family out on Christmas, but it's a great piece of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bad Santa is the most fun you'll have while watching someone destroy themselves.
Zwigoff and company wring some laughs out of it, though the tone is uniformly mean and vulgar.
The movie is less about gaining the Christmas spirit than about defying the corporate ethos that hijacks and then abandons that spirit every year.
| Original Score: 5/5
A movie that grows on you...Underneath layers of anger, sarcasm, profanity and booze, Bad Santa ultimately reveals a soft heart.
| Original Score: B
...deserves a place among treasured Christmas pictures - as it certainly provides a welcome respite from the relentless holiday cheer that generally accompanies such films.
| Original Score: 3/4
full review in Greek
Bad Santa forme au final une comédie dépravée et grinçante dont on ne peut que savourer chaque excès avec un plaisir coupable
| Original Score: 7/10