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Bad Santa Reviews

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Dan DeMaggio
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 5, 2013
Zwigoff's safe-cracking con-man Santa is one of vilest creatures to ever grace a screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
December 5, 2013
This amusingly venal, possibly shocking tale is just what Scrooge ordered.
| Original Score: 2.5/4

Total Film
December 5, 2013
Bad Santa squeezes enough humour into its tight costume to satisfy anyone suffering from seasonal sickness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times
December 5, 2013
With Thornton giving a terrific deadpan performance, this is the perfect antidote to the usual saccharine Christmas confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Teresa Talerico
Common Sense Media
September 23, 2010
Too naughty for kids; nice for some grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Humanick
Stranger Song
February 16, 2010
George Bailey never kicked Mr. Potter in the nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Bad Santa is in fact the most belligerently crass and profane comedy to slither out of the studio system in at least a year--although it's also much less interesting than that sounds.
Cole Smithey
May 9, 2009
The movie revels in a gloriously pessimistic tone and manages a few brief moments of hilarity amid the satire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A great piece of comedy filmmaking by director Terry Zwigoff.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Bad Santa is the most fun you'll have while watching someone destroy themselves.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Zwigoff and company wring some laughs out of it, though the tone is uniformly mean and vulgar.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
The movie is less about gaining the Christmas spirit than about defying the corporate ethos that hijacks and then abandons that spirit every year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
November 28, 2006
A movie that grows on you...Underneath layers of anger, sarcasm, profanity and booze, Bad Santa ultimately reveals a soft heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 17, 2006
...deserves a place among treasured Christmas pictures - as it certainly provides a welcome respite from the relentless holiday cheer that generally accompanies such films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 5, 2006
Bad Santa forme au final une comédie dépravée et grinçante dont on ne peut que savourer chaque excès avec un plaisir coupable
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A delightfully obscene alternative to the usual Christmas tosh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Wonderfully tasteless, gloriously non-PC, admirably bilious; humourless souls should steer clear.
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The script is grade Z Adam Sandler fare.
| Original Score: 1/5
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
June 26, 2005
Bad Santa is one of those few Hollywood films that live to their names.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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