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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
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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
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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.
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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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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
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Leonard Klady
Variety
November 27, 2007
This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.
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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.
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Patricia S. McCormick
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Home Improvement fans will find plenty of laughs and may even consent to going to this movie with their little brothers and sisters.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Kids of most ages will be able to follow -- and enjoy -- this comic fantasy.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Balances the sugar with the spice, which Allen sprinkles on just right.
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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
ReelViews
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