Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Reviews

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December 14, 2014
[A] deliciously loopy oddball of a film.
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.
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
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.
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.
December 22, 2010
Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.
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.
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.
December 16, 2010
It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins."
December 16, 2010
Rare Exports turns out to be as heart-warming as Miracle on 32nd Street, albeit in its own twisted little way.
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."
December 9, 2010
Likely to become a winter favorite for those allergic to holiday treacle.
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.
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
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."
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