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.
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 22, 2010
Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.
December 20, 2010
Santa Claus meets Cormack McCarthy
December 15, 2010
The movie creeps slowly toward a disappointingly muddled ending, and the potential of evil Santa unleashed on the world remains unrealized.
December 14, 2010
A brilliantly twisted idea, horribly executed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.