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  • Summary: Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos at the North Pole in The Santa Clause 3 as Santa juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost tries to take over the "big guy's" holiday. (Disney)
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. Allen and Short seem to be having so much fun that their enthusiasm is entirely contagious. Let the season begin.
  2. 50
    There's some potential in this storyline, but the movie doesn't do much with it besides giving Martin Short an opportunity to put on the fat suit.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Not unlike the shiny snow globe at its center, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    A little muddled and derivative but what do we expect, really?
  5. 38
    The whole film is plagued by a sense of false, desperate cheerfulness.
  6. One of the good things about bad movies is that when someone sneers about the unworthiness of a perfectly mediocre film like, say, "Crash," you can turn to a seriously unworthy film like, say, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause and laugh. Ho. Ho. Ho.
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    It boggles the mind that Saddam Hussein and assorted cohorts have finally won their rightful place in the global noose while various and sundry villains associated with this third entry in the Santa Claus franchise of flaccidly feel-good, winter nostrums will no doubt be allowed to walk the Earth with nary a qualm nor backward glance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. 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! Expand
  2. TylerM.
    Nov 4, 2006
    10
    This was the best of the trilogy. I will see it again. You will get in the holiday mood.
  3. W.Van
    Nov 4, 2006
    9
    If you enjoyed the original you will enjoy this one as well. Better then the 2nd but not quite as good as the first.
  4. Dec 1, 2012
    6
    Forget the horrible ratings, this is a great cheesy movie to get you Christmas spirit on! I honestly don't understand why this film isForget the horrible ratings, this is a great cheesy movie to get you Christmas spirit on! I honestly don't understand why this film is receiving so much crap! Also, Martin Short does a really good Santa! Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2014
    3
    Thank god for Martin Short, as he is the only saving grace in this sinking film franchise. But even he can't save the ship, because it has tooThank god for Martin Short, as he is the only saving grace in this sinking film franchise. But even he can't save the ship, because it has too many holes that can never be filled up, even if the movie tries to pile on more and more gags and slapstick humor. Expand
  6. JH.
    Jan 17, 2007
    2
    It's Christmas season so obviously, Tim Allen has to milk the holiday for all that it's worth by putting out another lame, It's Christmas season so obviously, Tim Allen has to milk the holiday for all that it's worth by putting out another lame, derivative, pointless movie. Expand
  7. PabloR.
    Nov 3, 2006
    0
    Snore Me a River!!! Santa....zZZZZZ...oops i fell asleep saying the title. Put it this way, if you have been cramming for Midterms, go here Snore Me a River!!! Santa....zZZZZZ...oops i fell asleep saying the title. Put it this way, if you have been cramming for Midterms, go here and it'll let you catch up on sleep. Expand

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