Movies Like Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Opening

67% The Maze Runner Sep 19
65% A Walk Among the Tombstones Sep 19
52% This Is Where I Leave You Sep 19
84% Tracks Sep 19
92% The Guest Sep 17

Top Box Office

11% No Good Deed $24.3M
72% Dolphin Tale 2 $15.9M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $8.1M
19% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.9M
20% Let's Be Cops $4.4M
89% The Drop $4.1M
37% If I Stay $3.9M
36% The November Man $2.8M
33% The Giver $2.6M
67% The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.4M

Coming Soon

68% The Equalizer Sep 26
70% The Boxtrolls Sep 26
86% The Two Faces of January Sep 26
—— Two Night Stand Sep 26
91% Jimi: All Is by My Side Sep 26

New Episodes Tonight

100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
—— Haven: Season 5
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
—— Franklin & Bash: Season 4
—— The League: Season 6
56% Legends: Season 1
24% The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1
59% Red Band Society: Season 1

Certified Fresh TV

87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 5
86% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
91% Doctor Who: Season 8
83% Extant: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
87% The Knick: Season 1
89% Manhattan: Season 1
97% Masters of Sex: Season 2
90% Outlander: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
87% The Strain: Season 1
79% You're the Worst: Season 1

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The movie creeps slowly toward a disappointingly muddled ending, and the potential of evil Santa unleashed on the world remains unrealized.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

December 15, 2010
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

November 3, 2010
Marc Fennell
Triple J

A brilliantly twisted idea, horribly executed

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 2/5

December 14, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 3, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2010
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2010
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2010
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Santa Claus meets Cormack McCarthy

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2010
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
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
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
Amy Killin
Moviedex

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 Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 15, 2010
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz

The darkest and gleefully funniest Christmas movie since Gremlins.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

November 30, 2010
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine

Helander executes with black humor, and Tommila brings an endearing combination of vulnerability and moxie to the role.

Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine

December 22, 2010
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

With a closing reel that will put a smile on your face, Helander's film may feel stretched and a little inconsequential at times, but Rare Exports is a unique take on Christmas cinema and is worthy of your time.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2010
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 coming...to Finland.

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

January 15, 2013
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

Rare Exports promises to be delirious fun, and largely delivers.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

December 2, 2010
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

Don't watch this film if you want a warm and sentimental movie to get you in the Christmas mood, but you might fancy it as an antidote to yuletide cheesiness.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

December 2, 2010
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