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½ December 18, 2016
This comedy got better as it went along. For the most part, the performances are good but the little kid, played by Brett Kelly, steals the show. He is brilliant and the things the script has him say and do are hilarious. The premise was simple enough and I think they pulled it off. It's nice to see the lead character undergo the transformation throughout the film as he becomes more and more likeable.
December 18, 2016
Really just a great Christmas comedy film. Fantastic performances all round injected with great wit and timing by both the cast and director. There is some excellent musical pieces on display here including Chopin and Mozart. The Chopin piece at the beginning in the bar couldn't have been better selected for this amusing, pathetic, and melancholy spectacle of a truly debauched, depraved, emotionally crippled and ultimately lost human being. And yet in spite all of the fantastically sickening and vulgar laughs (which really do work), director Terry Zwigoff keeps the Christmas spirit alive with a subtle message of newly discovered companionship and redemption. 4/5
½ December 17, 2016
Flat out awful movie.
½ December 12, 2016
Hilarious dark comedy that brings a twisted edge to Christmas. Billy Bob Thornton is superb in the title role, not softening Willie's edges (he is genuinely a bad person) while bringing enough humor & fun that you enjoy watching him. He gets great support from the rest of the cast, particularly Tony Cox as his professional partner while Lauren Graham is a delight as a Jewish bartender with a thing for Santas. Behind the camera, Terry Zwigoff crafts a twisted comedy making fun of the consumerism that plagues the holidays (while Willie cracks the mall safes, Marcus goes on an impromptu shopping spree) while not making his characters fully redeemable. Willie maybe gets slightly better in the end but not by much and all the hijinks lead to one of the funniest & darkest Christmas scenes in film history (you'll never look at Santa giving a kid a present the same way again). A great comedy all a round, especially for those looking for some twisted fun during the holidays.
December 11, 2016
Bad Santa was so funny and so crude, but it also had heart unlike 90% of the other raunchy comedies out there.
½ December 8, 2016
While it isn't a major Christmas classic to watch, it's definitely an enjoyable, funny, very vulgar and even sometimes sad, Christmas comedy. With Billy Bob Thornton and Benny Mac and other great actors, I recommend this movie for Christmas for sure!!!
December 4, 2016
Bad Santa is vulgar and cruel, but enjoyable nonetheless
December 3, 2016
didn't see the first one but this was great, full of laughs!
December 3, 2016
This movie never gets old. A perfect Christmas movie!
December 1, 2016
An incredibly funny and well written comedy. There are many people who won't enjoy this comedy but those people just don't have a healthy sense of humor. For those who do, please don't miss this one.
November 28, 2016
Love this flick. It is gross out comedy at its very best. Loads of great gags and Billy Bob Thornton is the balls.
November 26, 2016
Nothing says Christmas like the f-word 159 times...
November 25, 2016
Quite possibly the funniest movie ever. If you are a prude bitch, don't bother. ??
Super Reviewer
November 23, 2016
When an R-Rated comedy is released nowadays, it usually only goes one of two ways. Either the rude and crude humour overpower everything, being an excess of gags that run dry very fast, or it will be a cleverly written screenplay that balances the crude with a well-mannered story. When Bad Santa was released back in 2003, it personified the latter half of that statement. Although this is the absolute last Christmas film I would ever want to show kids during the holidays, it does rank among the most memorable holiday films to a much more mature audience. It does not hold back when it comes to cussing or sexual innuendo, but its core story has a very nice payoff that warrant a viewing each year around the Christmas season. Here is why I believe Bad Santa will always hold up.

While it is odd to call a film directed at a specific audience a classic, it is worthy of that title for a few reasons. Released in a time when 3D animation was on the rise, films like The Polar Express or even the live-action Elf are what many families cared more about. They were the films celebrating the holiday spirit the way everyone normally thinks of them. Strip away the technology, the endless presents, the pretty colours, and what do you get? A drunken Santa Claus that swears every five seconds, robs shopping malls with his elf, and uses a young boys home for shelter. Now, normally I would not be attracted to films like this during a season where people try to keep themselves happy, but the overall message is what truly makes this film memorable. For this reason, Bad Santa will end up being a timeless film like Christmas Vacation or It's a Wonderful Life. That being said, It's a Wonderful Life may just be my favourite Christmas film, so I am not trying to compare this to the classics, but it is well on its way for its own special reasons.

To be honest, this is a film that took some time to grow on me. Upon my first viewing many years ago, I enjoyed the film, but never found it to be quite as funny as I do now. The fact that it was so crude was also slightly startling to me, having me miss the big message as a whole. Rewatching the film over the years, I have come to think of Bad Santa as a great film. Sure it is extremely simple, but the fact that an elderly drunk playing Santa Claus can come around and begin to care for a kid that annoyed him from the beginning, just goes to show what having people in your life who care for you can really do. Bad Santa is absolutely hilarious, but that is not why I choose to watch it. It is filled with so much heart that the comedy almost feels like the cherry on top.

The title says it all, and if you are not in for this type of film, I would not suspect it will win you over. This humour is directed at a very specific demographic and if you do not enjoy balls-to-the-wall comedy that doesn't hold anything back, Bad Santa is not for you. There are moments where I feel it goes too far for being a Christmas movie, but it is easily redeemed moments later. I truly can't believe this film has already been in release for over 13 years, but it does hold up better than most Christmas films from its time. Films like Four Christmases, Jingle All the Way, or Christmas with the Kranks are still viewed by many families on cable and whatnot, but they are very mediocre films at best. Although this film is not for everyone, it definitely stands among the top of its genre in its decade.

With loveable characters like Thurman Merman, cleverly written jokes about the Christmas season, a story that takes a while to develop, but in turn makes for a moving conclusion, Bad Santa holds up as one of the better films to watch around Christmas, even if it does dampen the mood quite a bit. If you are looking for a film to genuinely make you smile during the holidays and not laugh due to a film full of grinches, then stay far away from this picture. That being said, even though not everything works throughout this film, it sets up its punchlines perfectly and does everything it wants to before the credits roll. In the end, Bad Santa is a great time if you know what you are getting yourself into.
November 22, 2016
This was just too depressing to watch!
November 21, 2016
Wildly inappropriate, but hilarious with a surprising feel-good ending.

Grade: A
November 21, 2016
Probably my favourite Christmas movie and I know that sounds crazy but it's true.
November 19, 2016
Hilariously funny and surprisingly witty! This is a movie worth watching every Christmas! A+
November 5, 2016
Outrageously hilarious holiday movie!
August 15, 2016
vulgar and very very funny.
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