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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Magical (if mindless) family holiday fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Short's skill and total commitment to his role make him no straw-dog villain, and his chemistry with Allen helps the movie's Santa feel like a real live person and not an imperturbable icon.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 18, 2006
The movie is more cute than funny. Smiles are plentiful, but outright laughs are widely scattered.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2006
The scriptwriters have continued their inventive treatment of humanising Santa, while keeping the fantasy intact. Colourful and bright, funny and witty, it's a magical fantasy that will please young and old
Kit Bowen
November 8, 2006
OK, so Santa Clause 3 isn't the stuff classic Christmas movies are made of, but the franchise still manages to invoke some genuine Yuletide spirit. Hard to believe, but it's true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 3, 2006
Allen and Short seem to be having so much fun that their enthusiasm is entirely contagious. Let the season begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
November 3, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Orndorf
November 2, 2006
The pogo vibe of the first two films is missing from the new picture, but what it lacks in bellylaughs in makes up for in reliable entertainment value - an increasingly lost art.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
IGN Movies
November 2, 2006
Nuance surely isn't Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause's name, but its performances are pleasing %u2014 Martin in particular brings a smirky, self-centered glee to his role %u2014 and its story isn't condescending. It's brisk and colorful, right on
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
November 2, 2006
A thing of consummate craftsmanship, a smoothly engineered and fundamentally lifeless object that's nevertheless capable of giving even the grinchiest moviegoers a brief attack of the warm-and-fuzzies.
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Globe and Mail
June 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
December 5, 2007
You look at a movie like this and wonder how some screenwriters can have the temerity to go on strike
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Null
November 21, 2007
Special effects are in abundance, but none of them are very well-produced, much like the film on the whole.
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 9, 2007
It's sad to see the life sucked out of a series that started so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Frost turns the occasion into a swag-saturated consumer orgy, which the film condemns even as it hams up product placement for Red Bull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
Dan Lybarger
January 12, 2007
While it may concern elves and Christmas, 'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause' is more dreary than cheery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 11, 2006
There is no escaping the banality of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
November 30, 2006
A little muddled and derivative but what do we expect, really?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
November 28, 2006
Christmas cheer is in short supply in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, a feeble festive farce that's more no-no-no than ho-ho-ho.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Observer (UK)
November 25, 2006
Santa's traditional cry of ho-ho-ho has never sounded more like three stab wounds of pain and horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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