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Bad Santa Reviews

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Bill Clark
June 20, 2005
For those who loathe the holidays or have a blacker-than-normal sense of humor, this is best gift you could possibly get this holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
An uproarious all-out assault on propriety.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 17, 2005
Each scene is expertly laid out and when the film wraps at its unlikely conclusion, the audience will be glad it sat down to such a vile but hilarious picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
The script may not be too smart, but its well paced with the gags flying thick and fast.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
While Bad Santa is consistently funny, it sometimes feels more like a long comedy sketch rather than an actual film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
It is smart satire, a rare thing these days, caustic but useful in a way most seasonal timewasters are not.
| Original Score: A
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
November 13, 2004
Hilariously irreverent antidote to a cloying Christmas.
Nev Pierce
October 30, 2004
It's a one-joke flick, really, but a rib-cracking one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
October 23, 2004
Offbeat, hilarious and gleefully misanthropic, this is the perfect antidote to Hollywood's annual glut of sugary Christmas movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
The f-word laces Billy Bob's every comment, including those directed at children. Shock humor abounds, if that is your cup of body waste.
Full Review| Original Score: F
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
It's a disgrace.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Bad Santa is my kind of Christmas movie -- profane, subversive, and swarming with scuzzballs.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 13, 2004
Thornton's Santa is...a grumpy, slovenly, depressed, twice-divorced, suicidal, profane, boozing, thieving, safecracking, immoral, womanizing ex-con. He is the Anti-Claus.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
May 26, 2004
Don't bring the kids! This movie can offend, but many find the humor funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
May 16, 2004
What started out as cheeky fun ripens into black humor, and then overripens into an oppressive gilding of the lilles that stink.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 1, 2004
By not challenging attitudinal beliefs, none of this is truly radical; it's just in questionable taste.
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Brian Mckay
February 21, 2004
No attempts at shoving Christmas spirit down your throat, or relaying little morality plays couched in the guise of comedy. It's just a down and dirty, raunchy yuckfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
Zwigoff trims this unbelievably lewd comedy with so many f-words that you'll swear Thornton is playing Satan, not Santa.
Glen Bucher
February 7, 2004
If all you are looking for is a funny diversion from the overload of holiday cheer, you will enjoy the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
IGN Movies
January 17, 2004
A wildly uneven but occasionally funny blast of holiday ill-will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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