Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. While it lacks the original's streamlined core, the father-son relationship, the sequel gets by on assembled moments of sentiment
  2. 75
    The movie is not a special effects extravaganza like "The Grinch," but in a way that's a relief. It's more about charm and silliness than about great hulking multimillion-dollar high-tech effects.
  3. Won't replace anyone's annual viewing of "It's a Wonderful Life." But your family could find a worse way to take a holiday break.
  4. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    75
    A nice little holiday movie.
  5. 75
    For an anonymous Saturday afternoon, it's the best lump of coal Hollywood can jam in your stocking.
  6. Frankly, if I were Mrs. Claus, I might be looking for Santa Clause 3, outlining the grounds for annulment.
  7. Isn't perfect, but it's fun, and Tim Allen shines
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    60
    Festooned with cute, mugging kids; lots of jazzy redos of beloved Christmas tunes on the soundtrack; and enough tug-at-your-heartstrings moments to make an entire theater feel warm on a blustery winter afternoon.
  9. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    60
    Television director Michael Lembeck maintains a tidy pace suitable for commercial breaks, and though the committee-written script cites fuzzy logic, eBay, and Utah marital customs, it predictably avoids any mention of Christ.
  10. 50
    No question, the new movie is amiable family entertainment, and Allen is such an affable actor that maybe kids won't begrudge him seeking romantic fulfillment in order to remain their favorite Santa.
  11. Allen has fun with all his roles -- The rest of the acting is bland, but the movie's preteen target audience won't mind, and adults will find occasional grown-up jokes to chuckle at.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Cassidy
    50
    This sequel, while lacking the freshness of the original, shares much of its charm and for the most part rises above some trite, syrupy dialogue.
  13. There's not a moment in it that feels fresh or authentic or inspired. But neither is it offensive.
  14. Has the disjointed feel of a bunch of strung-together TV episodes.
  15. 50
    Entirely inoffensive, so it makes for perfect family fare -– but only if the children are young enough to be indiscriminating about what they're seeing.
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    50
    You have to have a certain affection for any movie in which a stressed-out Mother Nature announces ominously, "Don't mess with me -- I'm pre-El Niño."
  17. Reviewed by: Jon Strickland
    50
    While the film is not entirely successful, it still manages to string together enough charming moments to work.
  18. Tony Burrough's vast Toy Workshop and Elf Village at the North Pole is the film's strongest asset. The workshop is a dazzling and accurate display of the Art Nouveau style in sinuous full flower.
  19. The only parts of the film that ring true -- and they sometimes ring touchingly true -- are the ones that give Mr. Allen simple human themes to work with.
  20. Sweet enough while it lasts.
  21. 40
    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.
  22. Once more, Tim Allen drops a lump of coal down the chimney.
  23. Captures the true spirit of the holiday. It's mildly sentimental, unabashedly consumerist (with anything-but-subliminal advertisements for McDonald's hamburgers and Nestlé candy tucked inside), studiously inoffensive and completely disposable.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    If you value your time and money, find an escape clause and avoid seeing this trite, predictable rehash. The 90 minutes could be better spent doing holiday shopping.
  25. The movie is as padded as Allen's jelly belly.
  26. Allen, who's a natural charmer, seems to be at half-strength here.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    4
    The Santa Clause 2 manages to keep a low distance behind the first installment, while still having enough cheer to pull it off. But like theThe Santa Clause 2 manages to keep a low distance behind the first installment, while still having enough cheer to pull it off. But like the first one, it has many flaws, and it feels like we've seen it already. Full Review »
  2. Dec 22, 2012
    2
    Slapstick,zany,and above all STUPID. It's amazingly boring and the humor isn't the greatest.
  3. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    Love this holiday film, one of the best holiday movies ever made! There is so much laugh-out-load moments for all the family with such aLove this holiday film, one of the best holiday movies ever made! There is so much laugh-out-load moments for all the family with such a lovely cast, an amazing story line and a warming family movie! Full Review »