The Santa Clause

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    90
    This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.
  2. Nevertheless, The Santa Clause is a charming, if mild, fantasy, distinguished by a gentle directorial touch that strikes a deft balance between dramatic and fantastic elements.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    80
    All of the film's technical and creative contributions are top-notch, but as it should be, it's the people who win us over. [11 Nov 1994 Pg. F10]
  4. 80
    Aimed at kids, but written with parents in mind, The Santa Clause balances the sugar with the spice, which Allen sprinkles on just right.
  5. The personable star of the TV series "Home Improvement" turns this Walt Disney film around. He may not be as effervescent as, say, Robin Williams, but he's full of understated, ticklish charm.
  6. 63
    The Santa Clause (so named after the clause on Santa's calling card that requires Scott to take over the job) is often a clever and amusing movie, and there's a lot of fresh invention in it.
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    63
    As holiday heartwarmers go, The Santa Clause is an amusing stocking stuffer, a sitcom-superficial novelty that jingles many of the same bells as last year's "Mrs. Doubtfire". [11 Nov 1994 Pg. 12.D]
  8. 50
    The Santa Clause isn't an unmitigated disaster, but it's also a whole lot less impressive than it could be.
  9. Actually, this souped-up sled is a perfect vehicle for TV star/comedian Tim Allen and, despite its formulaic chassis, he takes us through a few interesting twists and turns.
  10. Watch for the ''Mrs. Doubtfire'' syndrome: In Santa drag and padded for laughs, Scott demonstrates how to be a more sensitive, more funsy parent than boring old Mom.
  11. 40
    The film drops from obvious comedy into a ready melt slush which no amount of make-up and special effects can rescue.
  12. 40
    Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log.
  13. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    The Santa Clause presents us with an Anti-Claus, Tim Allen of Home Improvement, hard-edged, discomfitingly frenetic and spritzing cheerless one-liners.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    Tim Allen has a certain comedic delivery style; this movie fits him perfectly. I'm surprised at the critics score; it's one of my favoriteTim Allen has a certain comedic delivery style; this movie fits him perfectly. I'm surprised at the critics score; it's one of my favorite Christmas movies and I have the DVD. Tim is your stereotype toy designer solely interested in making a buck when "there arose such a clatter." Yup, Tim becomes Santa and his whole world turns upside down. Duh, who wouldn't? Throughout the movie, Tim's low voice comic retorts are hilarious. Maybe the low score Users and the critics didn't like that type of humor. Full Review »
  2. Dec 26, 2014
    8
    A Christmastime classic. A Christmas Eve tradition in my house. The Santa Clause is an unusually smart and telling Christmas tale - with aA Christmastime classic. A Christmas Eve tradition in my house. The Santa Clause is an unusually smart and telling Christmas tale - with a handful of fun performances. Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    7
    A charming Christmas movie that never gets old. It is funny and full of holiday spirit. The other ones aren't very good, but this ones isA charming Christmas movie that never gets old. It is funny and full of holiday spirit. The other ones aren't very good, but this ones is worth seeing. A delightful movie. Full Review »