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.
| Original Score: 3/4
I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.
| Original Score: 3/5
Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers.
| Original Score: 2/4
Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log.
You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.
The movie steers a shrewd course between bracing cynicism and old-fashioned make-believe.
Home Improvement fans will find plenty of laughs and may even consent to going to this movie with their little brothers and sisters.
Kids of most ages will be able to follow -- and enjoy -- this comic fantasy.
Balances the sugar with the spice, which Allen sprinkles on just right.
Despite its charms, the movie didn't push over the top into true inspiration.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.