The Santa Clause - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Santa Clause Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
December 6, 2013
This is Allen's movie debut, and it's easy to see why his show is a ratings smash. There's an effortless quality to his humor, but it's also got a quietly urgent edge to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 6, 2013
I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 6, 2013
A funny, warm and inventive Christmas film that proves seeing is not believing -- believing is seeing.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 6, 2013
Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 6, 2013
Is it just me, or is this whole idea on the sick side? Imagine how uncomfortable this jolly little yarn would be for divorced parents and their children.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
December 6, 2013
Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
December 6, 2013
Tim Allen made his feature debut in this engaging yuletide comedy, which is likely to appeal to the whole family and brims over with plenty of good ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 6, 2013
This is the most playfully amusing, inventive new cinematic Christmas fable in several decades.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 6, 2013
You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards.
Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2013
Allen's foray into the real world after his transformation begins is the funniest part of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2013
All of the film's technical and creative contributions are top-notch, but as it should be, it's the people who win us over.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 6, 2013
A feeble attempt to revive the tradition of heartwarming family seasonal comedies that gave us Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, The Bells of St. Mary's and many others.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4

Empire Magazine
December 4, 2012
Allen's schtick is a jabbermouth know-it-all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Heartwarming family tale for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Leonard Klady
November 27, 2007
This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.

TV Guide
December 4, 2006
While the film breaks no new ground, it offers the kind of simple, well-crafted, family entertainment that used to be a staple of the Disney studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This movie has charm to spare and it's hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The movie steers a shrewd course between bracing cynicism and old-fashioned make-believe.
Willie Waffle
April 2, 2004
A fun Christmas tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2004
Agreeable family fare that'll please the young 'uns but that adults will find only slightly diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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