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The Santa Clause Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Despite its charms, the movie didn't push over the top into true inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This is what happens when someone takes what might have been a moderately- entertaining television Christmas special and tries to adapt it for the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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.
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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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
May 25, 2006
| Original Score: 1/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 27, 2002
[Director] John Pasquin brings to it a heavy-handedness more appropriate to the subject matter of, say, his telefilm Don't Touch My Daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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.
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

Empire Magazine
December 4, 2012
Allen's schtick is a jabbermouth know-it-all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
December 6, 2013
This is the most playfully amusing, inventive new cinematic Christmas fable in several decades.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 7, 2003
Overrated and surprisingly sour.
| Original Score: 3/5
Larry Carroll
August 8, 2002
Very funny at times, and certainly worth seeing. It's probably the best modern Christmas movie out there to rent and watch with your kids.
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Even if the film bogs down a touch in its own sense of cuteness near the end, this film will do as a family-wide X-mas time waster if everyone has It's a Wonderful Life overload.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Clint Morris
November 26, 2002
while still further proof Tim Allen was always better suited to Television, is one of the Toolman's best forays into film. The bottom line is kids will get a kick out of it, and parents can rest assure by the end of it's hour and a half they'll have had s
| Original Score: 3/5
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