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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Reviews

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Globe and Mail
June 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 23, 2006
You've got to hand it to director Michael Lembeck... he's succeeded in persuading studio bosses to let him make not one but two sequels from premises that were dead in the water from the word go.
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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
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
November 8, 2006
This Styrofoam snowman of a sequel overdoses on its own candy-cane-colored sugary cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 6, 2006
Perfect entertainment for five-year olds and sheer torture for the unlucky parent(s) accompanying them to the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 6, 2006
It's very, very difficult to care, because the movie is structured so poorly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 6, 2006
Jack Frost gains control of Santa's workshop and turns it into a Las Vegas-style theme park -- supposedly a hideous inversion of Christmas values. So blandly commercialized is the movie's vision of the holiday that you can hardly tell the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
November 5, 2006
Rather than cheer your favorite winter character, you'll more likely search for an escape clause of your own, as this overstuffed three-quel milks the reindeer dry one last time.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 3, 2006
Shot almost entirely on a single set possibly left standing from the last film, it features what looks like first-take performances and a script that's inane even by kiddie-movie standards.
| Original Score: D+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 3, 2006
It's time to send this one-trick reindeer to the glue factory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 3, 2006
The movie's as icy as Jack's hair, as lifeless as its animatronic, flatulent reindeer.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 3, 2006
Tim Allen seems bored with his own franchise. At times, he looks downright morose, cranky enough to kick an elf.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 3, 2006
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, with Martin Short as Jack Frost, means we're getting a turkey and a ham for the holidays.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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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
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 3, 2006
Although we've barely had enough time to finish clearing the Halloween cobwebs, those hardworking elves at Walt Disney are already here to shove a little Christmas down our throats.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 2, 2006
The third though probably not the last in the successful Clause franchise, this latest installment again stars Tim Allen as the Everyman turned Father Christmas.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 2, 2006
What is seriously missing here is any sense of fun and warmth, which the other movies did possess. This one looks like work.
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Justin Chang
Variety
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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David Germain
Associated Press
November 2, 2006
Allen looks silly, tired and bored this time in the fat suit and beard, while the movie presents the irritating Martin Short as Jack Frost, nipping at your nerves as Santa's nemesis in a bid to take over and (gasp!) commercialize Christmas.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 2, 2006
As a full-service holiday movie, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause gets you into the mood to shop early and often by making the North Pole look like a shopping mall with a never-ending school pageant.
| Original Score: 2/4