Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 15, 2010
The movie creeps slowly toward a disappointingly muddled ending, and the potential of evil Santa unleashed on the world remains unrealized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
November 3, 2010
Developed from short films made by Helander in 2003 and 2005, this feels stretched as a feature, despite some wry commentary on Finland's cultural beleaguerment.
Marc Fennell
Triple J
December 14, 2010
A brilliantly twisted idea, horribly executed
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 14, 2014
The flaws of Rare Export offer an important reminder that looking good on YouTube does not provide qualifications for a bigger screen.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 3, 2010
While Rare Exports is certainly spooky, the plot is too thin to engage while its gratuitous use of the F-word and full frontal male nudity make it a children's film unsuitable for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 1, 2010
Some moments are so deliciously shivery that you wish the film were naughtier and less nice. A cult crowd might coalesce around this, but Bad Santa is safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
December 22, 2010
Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 2, 2010
Like Bad Santa and Silent Night, Bloody Night, it's a Christmas movie that isn't for children. Quite whom it is for, I'm not totally sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 2, 2010
For a while, it's a genuinely funny and unnerving experience, promising a lively payoff, but the ending is anti-climactic and the meaning of the title is only revealed in the laborious, jokey ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 20, 2010
Santa Claus meets Cormack McCarthy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
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.
S.I. Rosenbaum
Boston Phoenix
December 14, 2014
The end gets a little silly, but the building tension of the first two acts allows for some deliciously creepy moments and a true feeling of dread: the sense of something very old, and very hungry, shuffling toward you in the Yuletide dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Al Kratina
Montreal Gazette
December 9, 2013
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.
Scott Beggs
Film School Rejects
December 14, 2014
I'm at a loss for words for how cool this is. It's a Killer Santa. Killer Santa, people. It's a great concept.
Noah Lee
Film Threat
December 9, 2013
One of the best Christmas horror movies I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
December 14, 2014
Rare Exports also twists the season's staples with a morbidly merry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 14, 2014
This dark, haunting and cold tale is more of a comic horror movie for all ages than a happy children's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Amy Killin
Moviedex
December 15, 2010
Onni Tommila possesses a look so far from the conventional Hollywood boy that his indigenous Sami-Nordic features and D.I.Y mullet haircut heighten the eerie atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
November 30, 2010
The darkest and gleefully funniest Christmas movie since Gremlins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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