The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause (1994)

The Santa Clause



Critic Consensus: The Santa Clause is utterly undemanding, but it's firmly rooted in the sort of good old-fashioned holiday spirit missing from too many modern yuletide films.

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This holiday comedy offers a new take on the story of Santa Claus and features the first big screen performance of comedian Tim Allen. It follows the exploits of Scott Calvin, a divorced advertising executive sharing custody of his son with his ex-wife, who finds himself legally roped into becoming the new Santa Claus after he dons the Jolly One's suit and accepts his business card. When Scott tells of his plight, his ex-wife immediately sues for full-time custody of their son Charlie. Charlie … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 13, 1998
Buena Vista Distribution Compa


as Scott Calvin

as Dr. Neil Miller

as Laura Calvin

as Charlie Calvin

as Mr. Whittle

as Det. Nunzio

as Ms. Daniels

as Elf--Judy

as Waitress

as Little Girl

as Elf at North Pole

as Elf in Hangar

as Elf--Larry

as Principal Compton

as Ad Executive

as Dr. Novos

as Ballet Girl

as Bobby's Dad

as Quintin

as Newman

as Elf One

as Elf Two

as Santa In Street

as 1st Officer

as Child One

as Child Two

as ELFS Leader

as Tinsel Man

as Desk Sergeant

as Sharpshooter

as Fireman

as Japanese Businessman

as 3rd ELFS

as 4th ELFS

as 6th Santa

as Coffee Cop

as Neighbor

as Truck Driver

as Japanese Businessman

as Japanese Businessman

as Japanese Businessman

as Japanese Businessman

as Puppet Punch

as Puppet Judy

as Tinsel Man
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Critic Reviews for The Santa Clause

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14)

This is Allen's movie debut, and it's easy to see why his show is a ratings smash. There's an effortless quality to his humor, but it's also got a quietly urgent edge to it.

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Seattle Times
Top Critic

I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.

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Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log.

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New Yorker
Top Critic

You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards.

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TIME Magazine
Top Critic

All of the film's technical and creative contributions are top-notch, but as it should be, it's the people who win us over.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Santa Clause


A divorced adman for a toy company finds himself in quite a jam after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve sees him become Santa Claus, much to the delight of his son Charlie, and the absolute befuddlement/horror of his co-workers, ex-wife and her new man, a skeptical psychologist.

This mostly holds up pretty good, and Tim Allen is pretty funny, but the cheesiness of a lot of it wears thin after a while. I do like this movie, and the effects are well done, but this is neither one of the best nor my favorite holiday films. The concept sure is fun, though, and the music is quite swelling and wonderful at times.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


The Santa Clause is a fun kids movie with a few jokes adults will enjoy, its not really a Christmas classic but its fun many people can enjoy.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

As a Christmas film, The Santa Clause for me anyways didn't work. I felt that the film was a dud. Of all the Christmas themed movies, The Santa Clause is one of the worst. I feel that the film hasn't aged well, and though it's a great film to watch as a kid, later on you realize how stupid and pointless this film really is. I don't like the film now, and I find it to be too bad to actually enjoy today. I can think of many Christmas films that are better than this one. Tim Allen usually is pretty funny, but in this film, he seems tired and bored. The film didn't hold up for me, and I found it quite forgettable after viewing it a few times. The film is not as terrific, spectacular or original as everyone claims it to be. For a family film, it's mediocre; there are better films out that the family can enjoy on Christmas. I just felt that the idea behind the story lacked something really great to make this film work. The film hasn't stood the test of time, and the material on-screen is tired and old, and gets annoying after a few viewings. I'll stick with Scrooge and A Christmas Vacation, thank you very much. At least those films have stood the test of time, and are always entertaining, but the Santa Clause is tired, annoying and poorly acted. A pretty bad Christmas film, I honestly don't see what the fuss is about.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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