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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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Al Kratina
Montreal Gazette

Jalmari Helander's film has fun with the idea that Christmas, with all its kid-friendly commercialism, has horrific, blood-soaked roots, like a Chuck E. Cheese built over a plague pit.

Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette

December 9, 2013
Noah Lee
Film Threat

One of the best Christmas horror movies I've seen.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 9, 2013
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

This is a Christmas film like none you have ever seen before.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2013
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Helander and company have done such a wonderful job at forming the foundation of a new mythology that we can't help but want more. And if we can all be good little girls and boys, perhaps we'll get just that.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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For anyone who can look a little askance at the monster that contemporary Christmas has become, this artfully made Finnish tale is -- I kid you not -- a real treat.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2013
Jay Stone

Rare Exports is a darkly amusing and mildly menacing film whose chief benefit is the skewed courage with which it undermines all that is decent and heartwarming at this time of the year.

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December 9, 2013
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

By the end, Helandar's movie feels more like an elaborate punchline to an overwrought joke, a thematic gibe more appropriate for a short film.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 7, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is Finland.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

January 15, 2013
R. L. Shaffer

Beautifully shot and always fascinating, Rare Exports succeeds on many levels. But the final payoff just never seems to come.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 7/10

January 29, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

a holiday movie for the horror movie fan

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

December 17, 2011
Scott Weinberg

A wonderfully strange concoction of dry comedy, weird horror, and Christmas-related craziness.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 5, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

If there's any justice in the world, this will be playing on loop future Christmases alongside A Christmas Story.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B+

August 26, 2011
Dave White

What's awesome about movies from other countries is that you get to experience strange juxtapositions of elements you might not find in Hollywood movies that get test-marketed until all the jarring bits have been sanded down.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Brevity is the soul of wit, and while Helander seems to understand this with his snappy runtime, there is only barely enough new material here to justify a feature production.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2011
Staci Layne Wilson


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January 26, 2011
Mike Scott

A bloody, but oddly entertaining, holiday ho-ho-horror story.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2011
Jay Weissberg
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Conceived with winking humor and a terrific visual style, the pic is a rare treat.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 5, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Santa shows his dark side in this wildly idiosyncratic horror flick from Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 5, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I love Christmas movies and I have seen quite a few of them, but I can safely say that there's nothing else quite like Rare Exports, an import from Finland.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

January 4, 2011
Jen Yamato

A darkly comic throwback to the kiddie horror pics of the '80s, cheeky and just a bit grotesque.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

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