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Bad Santa Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
February 24, 2016
The movie's one joke -- which will endure for the ages -- is the defamation of the Christmas spirit by Billy Bob Thornton, who stars as a drunken, chain-smoking, dirty-minded, incontinent, foul-mouthed and larcenous department-store Santa.
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 12, 2016
if you hate the Yuletide season, you're part of the target audience
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
November 23, 2015
Thornton never backs down from anything the writers throw at him. Bad Santa takes everything beyond tasteful limits.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
December 14, 2014
In the annals of movie profanity, this movie would rate an Oscar, but it's actually pretty sweet at heart, although never sentimental. And if you don't believe me, you know what you can do.
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David Ansen
December 14, 2014
An antidote to forced holiday cheer, this scabrously funny misanthropic comedy is not for the whole family.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
December 14, 2014
A breath of fresh air.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
December 14, 2014
If Bad Santa does well at the box office, Zwigoff will get credit for being a savvy player. That Bad Santa is as vile and stupid as Ghost World was insightful and touching is something Hollywood has no interest in measuring.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 14, 2014
You'd better watch out, you'd better not cry, and you'd better not take the kiddies to see this wickedly adult vision of a boozing, whoring, swearing department-store Santa Claus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Borrelli
Toledo Blade
December 14, 2014
Bad Santa stays cheerfully acerbic right to the end, and so the film s glacial warming and glimpses of heart take on even more of an unmistakable glow, standing out against all that darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 14, 2014
This is really a one joke movie -- but that single gag is delivered with such caustic rancour by director Zwigoff that it achieves sublime heights of comedy.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 14, 2014
Bad Santa is definitely not PC, it's rude and crude and, I think, very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 14, 2014
A lot of people will get a lot of perverse fun out of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dani Haski
December 14, 2014
It might just make a few hardhearted cynics feel a warm fuzzy for the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 14, 2014
It's a movie that ages well. I suspect that Bad Santa, after playing profitably at the box office through the holidays, is fated for a long life as an out-of-nowhere cult hit, perhaps along the lines of Office Space.
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Michael Agger
New Yorker
December 5, 2013
Once the rude shock of a profane Claus wears off, there's not really much to do except await the next outrageous remark.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 5, 2013
Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge.
Adam Weiskind
Christian Science Monitor
December 5, 2013
With all the hype about this film, one may expect a dark, cynical comedy with some sort of commentary on the mass consumerism of the season. Sadly, moments like that are few.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 5, 2013
Best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 5, 2013
Much like School Of Rock, Bad Santa salvages a tired, paint-by-numbers formula by resisting it every step of the way, stubbornly refusing to stop its juvenile fun until the last possible moment.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 5, 2013
I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.
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