The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The thrill of novelty and oddness... may be gone but Billy Bob's reaction shots remain a Christmas miracle, Tony Cox snarls with aplomb and Bates hasn't been so much fun since Adam Sandler was tied to her apron-strings in The Waterboy.
While the foul language, misanthropic attitude, and cynical performances still come into focus, even squinting might not pick up much in the way of the first film's clever plotting, genuine wit, and sneaky subversive streak running throughout.
If you like good bawdy humor, are not easily offended, and are a fan of the first "Bad Santa," this is a worthy follow-up. (Full Content Review for Parents - Sex, Nudity, Profanity, etc. - also Available)
...like a punk rocker giving the finger, or a secretly chugged cocktail at a contentious family holiday dinner: arguably a cliched act of rebellion, possibly unnecessary, but most certainly welcome at the time.
Sequels comes the supposed benefit of knowing exactly what audiences responded too so fervently, but this can be detrimental as the inclination to appease that same crowd & attempt to emulate what worked in the past so rarely breeds the same results.