• 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: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    40
    Jonathan Winters voices Santa with no edge whatsover, while Ben Stein deadpans a droll tour guide.
  3. 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.
  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. It is best appreciated as an immersion in a three-dimensional toyland outfitted with enough whimsical gadgetry to fill a thousand playrooms.
  8. 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.
  9. A strange anomaly. It's both cutting-edge entertainment and primitive precursor of unimagined wonders to come.
  10. This is sweet-natured fun for the very young.

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