The movie creeps slowly toward a disappointingly muddled ending, and the potential of evil Santa unleashed on the world remains unrealized.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
A brilliantly twisted idea, horribly executed
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
Santa Claus meets Cormack McCarthy
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
One of the best Christmas horror movies I've seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The darkest and gleefully funniest Christmas movie since Gremlins.
| Original Score: 4/5
Helander executes with black humor, and Tommila brings an endearing combination of vulnerability and moxie to the role.
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.
You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is coming...to Finland.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rare Exports promises to be delirious fun, and largely delivers.
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.