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Santa Claus - The Movie (1985)

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After introducing how Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the North Pole and began their work delivering toys at Christmas time, this routine children's film segues into a story about an evil corporate magnate (John Lithgow). One of Santa's elves (Dudley Moore) goes to work for the nasty tycoon and invents a wild array of far-out toys. Then there is a little boy who does not believe in Santa Claus and a girl who finds out about the toymaker's plans to defraud his company. Santa's reindeer are a little

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family

David Newman

Oct 4, 2005

TriStar Pictures

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (15) | DVD (11)

Dated '80s holiday movie has smoking, product placement.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One would expect a holiday epic with a title like Santa Claus: The Movie. It implies something definitive, which would therefore put it in the canon of Christmas classics. However, this is definitely not the case.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Even though some of its special effects are now dated, Santa Claus: The Movie is a touching tale that deserves to be rediscovered by younger generations.

September 27, 2005 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

Colorful super spectacle suffers from script, pacing.

October 30, 2004

Here is a Christmas package that should have been left on the shelf.

March 27, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

So horrible I didn't even like it when I was a member of its target audience.

April 11, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Overblown and dull, it's not surprising that this film is largely forgotten.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

This is no Rudolph.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for Santa Claus - The Movie

Not one of the best Santa Claus Movies but a nice Santa Movie.
December 13, 2009
ScoopOnline
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A fantastic cast and a magical film, I have such fond memories of watching this as a child. Unfortunately, on re-watching this last Christmas, I was horrified to realise this is an awful film. Still, I'm giving it a decent rating for the child inside.
October 1, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

This is one of the first Christmas movies I saw as a child. There is an evil toy manufacturer who tricks Patch (head elf) to produce toys to eliminate the need for Santa Claus but Santa saves the day. Hooray!
December 21, 2008
thmtsang
T Tsang

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It wasn't a magical Christmas movie. You'd expect from the folks who brought us the Superman films, something called "Santa Claus - The Movie" would be truly amazing. But it was a dismal bore. Santa had no personality. Dudley was good as the bad Elf. There was no magic here.
August 17, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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