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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 65
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 55

Playing Jack Frost as an evil cross between Liza Minnelli and Liberace, Martin Short is a welcome presence, but this tired series continues drawing from its bag of bland gags and dumb slapstick.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 18

Playing Jack Frost as an evil cross between Liza Minnelli and Liberace, Martin Short is a welcome presence, but this tired series continues drawing from its bag of bland gags and dumb slapstick.



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Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who doubles as Santa Claus, has settled into his home at the North Pole with his new wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell), and is preparing for another Christmas when he receives a visitor -- Jack Frost (Martin Short), the cold-weather sprite who has been sent to help out St. Nick by Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle) after making a scene at


Comedy, Kids & Family

Nov 20, 2007


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Frost turns the occasion into a swag-saturated consumer orgy, which the film condemns even as it hams up product placement for Red Bull.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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You've got to hand it to director Michael Lembeck... he's succeeded in persuading studio bosses to let him make not one but two sequels from premises that were dead in the water from the word go.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie is more cute than funny. Smiles are plentiful, but outright laughs are widely scattered.

November 18, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This Styrofoam snowman of a sequel overdoses on its own candy-cane-colored sugary cheer.

November 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Perfect entertainment for five-year olds and sheer torture for the unlucky parent(s) accompanying them to the theater.

November 6, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's very, very difficult to care, because the movie is structured so poorly.

November 6, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Magical (if mindless) family holiday fun.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

You look at a movie like this and wonder how some screenwriters can have the temerity to go on strike

December 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Special effects are in abundance, but none of them are very well-produced, much like the film on the whole.

November 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's sad to see the life sucked out of a series that started so well.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Short's skill and total commitment to his role make him no straw-dog villain, and his chemistry with Allen helps the movie's Santa feel like a real live person and not an imperturbable icon.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

While it may concern elves and Christmas, 'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause' is more dreary than cheery.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

There is no escaping the banality of it all.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A little muddled and derivative but what do we expect, really?

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Christmas cheer is in short supply in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, a feeble festive farce that's more no-no-no than ho-ho-ho.

November 28, 2006 Full Review Source:

Santa's traditional cry of ho-ho-ho has never sounded more like three stab wounds of pain and horror.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Cinema is far too powerful a medium to be graded on a curve-- even when Tim Allen is involved.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Badly written, shockingly acted and appallingly directed threequel that will please precisely no-one.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Bah, humbug.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A desperately lazy and unoriginal exercise.

November 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

Oh how the executives shook with their chortles as millions poured in through each cinema's portals.

November 14, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The Santa Clause 3 strikes out.

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The scriptwriters have continued their inventive treatment of humanising Santa, while keeping the fantasy intact. Colourful and bright, funny and witty, it's a magical fantasy that will please young and old

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

I really liked Rise Of The Guardians, much more than this film but it's only now I realise one seems to have copied the other somewhat. Oh dear. The Santa Clause films aren't great, The Escape Clause is joint worst really with 1 and 2 but it has got Martin Short in it and I love Martin Short, he adds a star to each film he's in and he is genuinely good in this. Hurrah. But please, no more.
December 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

The nice present of Martin Short, don't change the fact of The Santa Clause 3 be an unnecessary and tired movie.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

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A real, painfully forced entry. It takes on the old alternate reality scenario. Jack Frost wants to steal Santa's limelight by becoming Santa. In this offering the human drama is sidelined, and is the simple getting on with the in-laws shtick. There's really not a lot to like here, as it all just feels like a quick cheap installment. The plot seems rushed and lazy. The focus of the first two was Allen's relationship with his son, which is now completely gone. There's nothing in here that excites as much as the second, nor warms the heart or makes you laugh like the first.
December 10, 2010

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