The Santa Clause

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57

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

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  • Summary: Superstar comedian Tim Allen shines bright in Disney's magical, larger-than-life hit holiday comedy. (Disney)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  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. 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]
  5. 50
    The Santa Clause isn't an unmitigated disaster, but it's also a whole lot less impressive than it could be.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 27, 2011
    10
    The Santa Clause is an instant Christmas classic. A unique idea brought to life with a great story, and good acting, especially with a greatThe Santa Clause is an instant Christmas classic. A unique idea brought to life with a great story, and good acting, especially with a great performance from Tim Allen. Expand
  2. 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
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Jan 28, 2016
    8
    Tim Allen shined us with this Santa Clause movie. The more Tim Allen surprises us on every Christmas, the better this movie gets. A must-seeTim Allen shined us with this Santa Clause movie. The more Tim Allen surprises us on every Christmas, the better this movie gets. A must-see along with several other Christmas movies. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    7
    The Santa Clause is a great family film for the holidays. Can be a bit dumb from time to time but Tim Allen seems to love what he is doingThe Santa Clause is a great family film for the holidays. Can be a bit dumb from time to time but Tim Allen seems to love what he is doing which pays off in the film. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2014
    5
    The Santa Clause is a welcome cheer to the holiday season, but ultimately it fails to deliver anything new than what we already know. It'sThe Santa Clause is a welcome cheer to the holiday season, but ultimately it fails to deliver anything new than what we already know. It's very predictable, superficial slush. Expand

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