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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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December 15, 2010
The movie creeps slowly toward a disappointingly muddled ending, and the potential of evil Santa unleashed on the world remains unrealized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2010
Developed from short films made by Helander in 2003 and 2005, this feels stretched as a feature, despite some wry commentary on Finland's cultural beleaguerment.
December 14, 2010
A brilliantly twisted idea, horribly executed
| Original Score: 2/5
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 3, 2010
While Rare Exports is certainly spooky, the plot is too thin to engage while its gratuitous use of the F-word and full frontal male nudity make it a children's film unsuitable for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 1, 2010
Some moments are so deliciously shivery that you wish the film were naughtier and less nice. A cult crowd might coalesce around this, but Bad Santa is safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 22, 2010
Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 2, 2010
Like Bad Santa and Silent Night, Bloody Night, it's a Christmas movie that isn't for children. Quite whom it is for, I'm not totally sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 2, 2010
For a while, it's a genuinely funny and unnerving experience, promising a lively payoff, but the ending is anti-climactic and the meaning of the title is only revealed in the laborious, jokey ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2010
Santa Claus meets Cormack McCarthy
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2013
By the end, Helandar's movie feels more like an elaborate punchline to an overwrought joke, a thematic gibe more appropriate for a short film.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 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 9, 2013
One of the best Christmas horror movies I've seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 14, 2014
Rare Exports also twists the season's staples with a morbidly merry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 10, 2011
Brevity is the soul of wit, and while Helander seems to understand this with his snappy runtime, there is only barely enough new material here to justify a feature production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2010
Onni Tommila possesses a look so far from the conventional Hollywood boy that his indigenous Sami-Nordic features and D.I.Y mullet haircut heighten the eerie atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 30, 2010
The darkest and gleefully funniest Christmas movie since Gremlins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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