The Santa Clause 2

2002

The Santa Clause 2

Critics Consensus

Though it's harmless as family entertainment and has moments of charm, The Santa Clause 2 is also predictable and forgettable.

56%

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Scott Calvin has been Santa Claus for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best Santa ever. But Santa's got problems--he's even mysteriously losing weight--and things quickly go south when he finds out that his son, Charlie, has landed on this year's "naughty" list. Desperate to help his son, Scott heads back home, leaving a substitute Claus to watch over things at the Pole. But when the substitute institutes some strange redefinitions of naughty and nice--putting Christmas at risk--it's up to Scott to return with a new bag of magic to try to save Christmas.

Cast

Tim Allen
as Scott Calvin
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Carol Newman
Eric Lloyd
as Charlie Calvin
Judge Reinhold
as Dr. Neil Miller
Wendy Crewson
as Laura Miller
Liliana Mumy
as Lucy Miller
Art LaFleur
as Tooth Fairy
Aisha Tyler
as Mother Nature
Jay Thomas
as Easter Bunny
Michael Dorn
as Sandman
Christopher Attadia
as Engineer Elf
Curtis Butchart
as Elf Center
Jamal Allen
as Elf Quarterback
Alexander Pollock
as Richie/Elf Tight End
Bryce Hodgson
as Engineer Elf No. 2
Carmen Aquirre
as Spanish Teacher
Blu Mankuma
as John Pierce
Andrew Stone
as Picardo
Janne Mortil
as Pamela's Mother
Fred Keating
as Security Guard
Fred Ewanuick
as Seismic Interpreter
Dan Joffre
as C-130 Pilot
J.B. Bivens
as Engineer
Alexander Hoy
as Elf with Kangaroo
Beverley Elliott
as Female Teacher
D. Neil Mark
as Teacher
Ted Cole
as Teacher
Gary Jones
as Teacher
Victor Brandt
as Reindeer
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Critic Reviews for The Santa Clause 2

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (54)

  • Despite the obviously mercenary nature of this sequel, there's a thimbleful of clever ideas at work here, most notably in the way Allen's RoboSanta begins to turn his toy factory into a tiny dictatorship.

    Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • You might find the syllables bah, hum, and bug dancing on your lips.

    Dec 2, 2002 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The scenes in which Fake Santa torments the elves with a toy soldier army are twisted enough to make it worth sticking around through the mawkish courtship.

    Nov 12, 2002
  • This Disney film is exactly what is needed now to get into the holiday spirit. Its theme that you are never too old to believe is a positive message that can be used in any situation.

    Nov 9, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The Santa Clause 2 is a barely adequate babysitter for older kids, but I've got to give it thumbs down.

    Nov 5, 2002
  • Veering between cold-hearted cynicism ... and magical Christmas moments, this is far better than the usual Hollywood holiday cash-ins.

    Nov 5, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Santa Clause 2

  • Dec 16, 2011
    The Santa Clause 2 almost rounds the corner of "it's so bad it's good," but doesn't quite make it. Of all the bad ideas of where to take The Santa Clause story, the Mrs. Clause (forcing Santa to marry) is spectacularly awful. If only the bad ideas ended there...but no, they keep coming and coming. The special effects are pathetic at best, and the set designs aren't much better. It's sad to see a sequel go so wrong, but there it is. The film is so over-the-top at times that it's hard not to laugh at it, but The Santa Clause 2 is not enjoyable enough to make the out-of-control ridiculousness work for it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2011
    Stupid, but good for completely mindless entertainment. I LOVED the first one as a kid - so strange to see everyone so much older in this one.
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Sweet movie for kids, but the original was better
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2011
    Sweet movie for kids, but at many times very dumb and childish.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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