The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause (1994)

This holiday comedy offers a new take on the story of Santa Claus and features the first big screen performance of comedian Tim Allen. It follows the exploits of Scott Calvin, a divorced advertising executive sharing custody of his son with… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Santa Clause is utterly undemanding, but it's firmly rooted in the sort of good old-fashioned holiday spirit missing from too many modern yuletide films.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

This is Allen's movie debut, and it's easy to see why his show is a ratings smash. There's an effortless quality to his humor, but it's also got a quietly urgent edge to it.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A funny, warm and inventive Christmas film that proves seeing is not believing -- believing is seeing.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Is it just me, or is this whole idea on the sick side? Imagine how uncomfortable this jolly little yarn would be for divorced parents and their children.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Tim Allen made his feature debut in this engaging yuletide comedy, which is likely to appeal to the whole family and brims over with plenty of good ideas.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
After all is said and done though, he still killed Santa right? Aren't the Elf's upset or angry about this? Have they no empathy? Are their hearts as… More
Alex roy
As a Christmas film, The Santa Clause for me anyways didn't work. I felt that the film was a dud. Of all the Christmas themed movies, The Santa Clause is… More
Chris Weber
A divorced adman for a toy company finds himself in quite a jam after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve sees him become Santa Claus, much to the delight of his… More
AJ Verser
It was an interesting and funny idea to have a normal guy put into the situation of having to become Santa, but if you ask me, this movie overdoes it. The… More
Jim Careter
The Santa Clause is a fun kids movie with a few jokes adults will enjoy, its not really a Christmas classic but its fun many people can enjoy.
danny d
a classic, one of the great christmas movies of all time

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