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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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
Rare Exports also twists the season's staples with a morbidly merry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 9, 2013
For anyone who can look a little askance at the monster that contemporary Christmas has become, this artfully made Finnish tale is -- I kid you not -- a real treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 5, 2011
Conceived with winking humor and a terrific visual style, the pic is a rare treat.
January 5, 2011
Santa shows his dark side in this wildly idiosyncratic horror flick from Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander.
December 23, 2010
"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is a rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 21, 2010
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale explores the dark side of the Santa Claus myth -- if myth he is -- and finds humor, and horror, lurking there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2010
Helander delivers a playfully dark tale with just the kind of cynical twinkle so many need during this season of maudlin, heart-warming movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2010
It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2010
Rare Exports turns out to be as heart-warming as Miracle on 32nd Street, albeit in its own twisted little way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2010
A darkly mischievous, bracingly original and thoroughly captivating Yuletide import.
December 9, 2010
If you see only one fiendishly bizarre Finnish film about an evil Santa Claus and his naked band of marauding elves this holiday season, make it "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2010
Likely to become a winter favorite for those allergic to holiday treacle.
December 9, 2010
Though it promises more than it ultimately delivers, this charming little holiday horror story is a welcome counterweight to the usual yuletide sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2010
A thing of frigid beauty and twisted playfulness.
December 3, 2010
For grown-ups looking for an alternative to the annual onslaught of ho-ho-ho Christmas tales, the visually pleasing oddity is just the thing, even if it does slow down in its middle portion before picking up again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 2, 2010
It's hard not to like a movie in which a little kid who's so skittish that he totes around a protective stuffed animal suddenly stares down the grown-ups, cocks a gun, and snarls, "It's either me or Santa. I suggest Santa."
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 1, 2010
'Rare Exports' is an enormously entertaining and unpredictable Yuletide romp packed with sly wit, solid scares and naked geriatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
November 30, 2010
It's likely the best anti-Christmas Christmas movie since Bad Santa.