Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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February 28, 2019
Not quite as funny as you'd expect if you have seen the shorts, the film largely plays it straight.
February 16, 2019
If you and/or the young folks in your life like spooky folklore, snowy menace and brave young heroes, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale fills the bill.
November 24, 2018
An unnerving, funny and inventive Santa origins story set on the border between Finland and Russia, it reminds us that most fairy stories are truly dark. No one seems surprised when the border between myth and modernity breaks down too.
November 6, 2018
[There is] very obvious, and somewhat jarring use of some very underwhelming CGI effects in a number of key scenes. However, the tremendous performances and the film's unique tone more than make up for this technical misjudgement.
August 28, 2018
Director Jalmari Helander melds the Krampus myth perfectly onto that moment of childhood when belief is all the stronger for being challenged by skepticism.
May 23, 2018
If you need something to wash the taste of good cheer out of your mouth, you won't want to miss Rare Exports.
May 15, 2018
This belongs on the shelf alongside other Christmas favourites such as A Christmas Story; it brings that kind of sardonic sensibility, along with a sense of adventure, and a fresh take on the usual Christmas fantasy narrative.
December 16, 2017
You could say it's a black comedy but writer/director Jalmari Helander doesn't play it for laughs. It's more like a surreal action thriller in the isolated frozen north on the Finland-Russia border...
December 26, 2015
OK. it's a silly folklore tale. But I found it both pleasingly absurd and funny.
December 14, 2014
The end gets a little silly, but the building tension of the first two acts allows for some deliciously creepy moments and a true feeling of dread: the sense of something very old, and very hungry, shuffling toward you in the Yuletide dark.
December 14, 2014
[A] deliciously loopy oddball of a film.
December 14, 2014
A James Bond movie, fairy tale and potentially a full blown horror story rolled into one, if you enjoyed the original Swedish vampire thriller Let The Right One In, you'll find much to admire here.
December 14, 2014
I'm at a loss for words for how cool this is. It's a Killer Santa. Killer Santa, people. It's a great concept.
December 14, 2014
The flaws of Rare Export offer an important reminder that looking good on YouTube does not provide qualifications for a bigger screen.
December 14, 2014
This dark, haunting and cold tale is more of a comic horror movie for all ages than a happy children's story.
December 14, 2014
Rare Exports also twists the season's staples with a morbidly merry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
December 14, 2014
The barmy Finnish film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale taps into the creepy subtext of an elderly man who breaks into children's homes.
December 9, 2013
Jalmari Helander's film has fun with the idea that Christmas, with all its kid-friendly commercialism, has horrific, blood-soaked roots, like a Chuck E. Cheese built over a plague pit.
December 9, 2013
One of the best Christmas horror movies I've seen.
December 9, 2013
This is a Christmas film like none you have ever seen before.
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