• Release Date: Nov 1, 2002
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Donald Liebenson
    88
    The movie has an avalanche of eye-popping visual effects, including a bustling Santa's village, nifty "Jimmy Neutron"-type gadgets and "Stars Wars"-like igloo walking robots - and, of course, the requisite heartwarming happy ending.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    The lively visuals, busy story, zippy pace and TV show running time will make this go down very easily with the target moppet audience.
  3. This is sweet-natured fun for the very young.
  4. Reviewed by: David Chute
    50
    If you're out shopping with the brood and need a 40-minute break, you could do worse.
  5. Dazzling in its possibilities, but the holiday message of the 37-minute Santa vs. the Snowman leaves a lot to be desired.
  6. Santa Claus and the Snowman stage a scaled-down "Star Wars"-type battle for the rights to Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve in the pleasantly goofy, irreverent Santa vs. the Snowman.
  7. Reviewed by: Catherine Foster
    75
    Takes you inside a kingdom you've never seen the likes of before. Not only is it an IMAX film, with all the superlatives (six-story screen, 12,000 seat-rumbling watts of digital sound) this implies, but it's also computer-generated 3D animation.
  8. A strange anomaly. It's both cutting-edge entertainment and primitive precursor of unimagined wonders to come.
  9. It is best appreciated as an immersion in a three-dimensional toyland outfitted with enough whimsical gadgetry to fill a thousand playrooms.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    40
    Jonathan Winters voices Santa with no edge whatsover, while Ben Stein deadpans a droll tour guide.

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