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Bad Santa Reviews

December 14, 2014
An antidote to forced holiday cheer, this scabrously funny misanthropic comedy is not for the whole family.
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.
December 5, 2013
Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge.
December 5, 2013
Best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer.
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.
December 5, 2013
I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.
November 27, 2007
Zwigoff and company wring some laughs out of it, though the tone is uniformly mean and vulgar.
January 26, 2006
Wonderfully tasteless, gloriously non-PC, admirably bilious; humourless souls should steer clear.
August 7, 2004
Bad Santa is my kind of Christmas movie -- profane, subversive, and swarming with scuzzballs.
December 11, 2003
The funniest send-up of bad Christmas karma I have ever seen.
December 5, 2003
Thornton's performance is -- there's no other word -- beautiful.
December 1, 2003
I laughed at loud at a lot of the stuff.
November 29, 2003
I found the escalating disreputability of Bad Santa completely cathartic.
November 28, 2003
It rides a one-trick reindeer that tires well before the second reel, and it mistakes crudity and cruelty for humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 28, 2003
What's meant to be a live-action South Park just winds up in a scatological dead end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
The movie is -- how can I say this? -- funny as hell.
November 26, 2003
Thornton, with his one-of-a-kind drawl, his lazy gaze, restless shaggy eyebrows and misanthropic attitude, seems to be the movie's essential X-factor.
November 26, 2003
A profane, wildly politically incorrect and sometimes shockingly funny holiday comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
A tasteless, vulgar, savage assault against everything that is good and decent in the Christmas season. I think you are going to like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
The cast is resourceful enough to keep the film at least watchable throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2003
You'll find yourself warming to Bad Santa in spite of its blemishes, simply because it's different than any holiday tale that's come before, or is likely to assail multiplexes again.
November 26, 2003
For all its laughs, the movie ... is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
Thornton and Cox are wickedly funny, and Bernie Mac has some good moments as the cynical mall detective on their trail.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2003
Like The Ref, the best previous film in this vein, Bad Santa redeems itself with rounds of riotous outrageousness.
Read More | Original Score: A
November 26, 2003
Just plain hilarious, a dark comedy triumph that beats on your typical holiday movie with a baseball bat.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 26, 2003
The movie drags you into a dark- comedy alley and beats on you.
Read More | Original Score: D+
November 26, 2003
There are laughs along the way. But too many of them are the sort that send you out into the cold worrying for your own humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 26, 2003
I didn't like this movie merely because it was weird and different; I liked it because it makes no compromises and takes no prisoners. And because it is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2003
Mac and Graham have little to do, sadly, but this may be the bravest acting Thornton has ever done, so complete is his refusal to play to our sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2003
It's such an original that it could eventually become the No. 1 cult movie of 2003.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2003
Baaaad Santa. Good movie!
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
For those who don't mind a little bile in their eggnog, it's the perfect antidote to all that prefab Christmas cheer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2003
Forget spiked fruitcake: This is bad taste with a real kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
Takes all the Christmas season's bad vibes and converts them into an achingly funny and corrupt dark comedy.
November 25, 2003
This is a superb stink bomb of an entertainment, generously larded with jokes about alcoholics, short people, dim children and the kind of sexual congress that until recently was illegal in nine states.
November 25, 2003
Gets stuck in a rut.
November 25, 2003
If you think you can shake your head and mutter, 'That's just wrong,' as you laugh your lungs out, or if you're sick of artificial yuletide treacle, then step right up for a bit of holiday distemper.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 25, 2003
A must-see movie for the Scrooges of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
The movie actually has a heart -- a coal-black heart, but a heart nonetheless -- and it's bitingly funny.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2003
As toilet-mouthed, puke-encrusted, and liver-damaged as it may be, the movie's a traditional Scrooge story at heart.
November 25, 2003
By the end of Bad Santa, you may no longer believe in Santa Claus, but you certainly will believe in Billy Bob.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 25, 2003
If you appreciate movies that don't compromise on their comedic journey into the heart of darkness, this is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
There simply aren't enough laughs in this Christmas comedy -- it's more like a stocking stuffed with lumps of coal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 25, 2003
A foul-mouthed joy for much of the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2003
The foulest holiday movie I've ever seen -- and the funniest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2003
It could become a Christmas perennial for Scrooges of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2003
First-rate talent and a uniquely dyspeptic mood separate this effort from more routine, populist stabs at tasteless yukkage.
November 19, 2003
Terry Zwigoff's comedy isn't up to much besides pretending that swearwords and snotty insults are -- big joke! -- incorrect.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 18, 2003
Extremely funny -- at times sidesplittingly so -- thanks to Zwigoff's way with raw irreverence and Thornton's perfectly pitched, ready-for- anything performance.