Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. 38
    The whole film is plagued by a sense of false, desperate cheerfulness.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The bad news, for those looking forward to The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with anything like enthusiasm, is this: Bernard the Elf is history.
  3. 12
    Martin Short as Jack Frost, means we're getting a turkey and a ham for the holidays. As for Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary guy who took over Santa's job by chance, he's more like a tasteless lump of mashed potatoes.
  4. 0
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 33
    There must be some solid marketing reason for putting out a Christmas movie before the jack o'lanterns have begun to rot, but if so, it's elusive. Couldn't this lump of coal have waited another month?
  7. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    30
    This is all really a big waste. At least the out-takes at the end are actually funny.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    6
    The most brilliant thing about this movie was Martin Short as Jack Frost. So slippery, so evil, so very funny.

    This movie is a bit more
    amusing than the second movie managed to be, but what weights down the rating for me is the ├╝ber lame ending! And the overacting brought to us by the parents of Charlie when they finally get to the North Pole.

    So, what is this movie about?

    Mrs. Santa is pregnant and missing "tall people", so Santa decides to transform North Pole into some kind of Canadian village and bring over his wife's family - and his own as it happens.

    The reindeers are still making funny noises (they did that in the second movie too), the in-laws are kind of confused by the "short people", and some of the events that take place are sort of weird too.

    And then there is Jack Frost, who apparently controls the winter although no-one's ever heard of him, and he is very interested to be Santa's Little Helper - although he's aiming for Santa's coat for real.

    Santa is busy and stressed, neglecting his wife and family, but naturally comes to realize his error once that all is taken from him. Not very shocking, that, but nonetheless, a decent movie worth watching at least once.
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  2. 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 too many holes that can never be filled up, even if the movie tries to pile on more and more gags and slapstick humor. Full Review »
  3. 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 is receiving so much crap! Also, Martin Short does a really good Santa! Full Review »