Fatman Reviews

November 26, 2020
Fatman's vision of Father Christmas is of the rough-and-tumble variety.
November 21, 2020
Fatman is one of the weirdest movies you will ever see...
November 18, 2020
These jingle bells rock.
November 14, 2020
Like reindeer on an icy roof, this experiment in blending fantasy and felonies never finds its footing.
November 13, 2020
This Bad Santa-like B-movie has its jollies, plus the inspired Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Mrs. Kringle. She blows warmth and good sense into a character who could have been merely a wig and an apron.
November 13, 2020
For all of the work that the Nelms brothers put into figuring out the logistics of a real-world Santa ... it's more than a bit disappointing that it's all in service of something fundamentally routine.
November 13, 2020
Fatman is so enamored of its central idea that it forgets to take that idea any further.
November 12, 2020
Fatman has an oddly warm heart under its brutal exterior. Plus, if nothing else, watching Santa beating seven shades out of a sniper is a timely reminder to get off the naughty list.
November 12, 2020
Hate Mel Gibson all you want for his vile outbursts, but if you have a liking for sick, "Bad Santa"-style Christmas movie satires, you still might want to give "Fatman" a try.
November 12, 2020
Waffling between anger and pathos, dry humor and dead-eyed violence, "Fatman" feels tonally befuddled.
November 12, 2020
The Nelms had some ideas - a few good, a few bad - about making a different sort of Christmas movie but, when it came time to forge them into a movie, they stumbled badly.
November 12, 2020
You get the distinct feeling that the Nelms brothers think this is all a lot funnier, crazier, and more resonant than it is.
November 10, 2020
This bland stab at seasonal entertainment is too enamored by its own edgy revisionism to deliver on that promise, and after the 2020 that we've been having, everyone deserves something better in their stocking this year.
November 9, 2020
Gibson's got another strong performance in him, I think, but this Christmas crapola sure ain't it.
November 9, 2020
If it weren't so airless, it'd be easier to appreciate the film as a character study of Santa's midlife woes.
November 9, 2020
File "Fatman" in the missed opportunities file. It could have - should have - been fun. Instead, it's just a mess.
November 9, 2020
Less gonzo than it sounds, for better and worse.
November 9, 2020
It never makes it past the idea stage, unfortunately, since mixing these disparate genres together would require an absolute mastery of tone that the film can't quite muster.