The Santa Clause Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
December 6, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 6, 2013
I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 6, 2013
A funny, warm and inventive Christmas film that proves seeing is not believing -- believing is seeing.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
Tim Allen made his feature debut in this engaging yuletide comedy, which is likely to appeal to the whole family and brims over with plenty of good ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 6, 2013
This is the most playfully amusing, inventive new cinematic Christmas fable in several decades.
Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2013
Allen's foray into the real world after his transformation begins is the funniest part of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2013
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.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Heartwarming family tale for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
November 27, 2007
This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 4, 2006
While the film breaks no new ground, it offers the kind of simple, well-crafted, family entertainment that used to be a staple of the Disney studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
December 2, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This movie has charm to spare and it's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The movie steers a shrewd course between bracing cynicism and old-fashioned make-believe.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
January 14, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 15, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 3, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 2, 2004
A fun Christmas tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 7, 2003
...the closest thing we've had in the last twenty years to a genuine Christmas classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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