The Santa Clause
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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 his ex-wife, who finds himself legally roped into becoming the new Santa Claus after he dons the Jolly One's suit and accepts his business card. When Scott tells of his plight, his ex-wife immediately sues for full-time custody of their son Charlie. Charlie knows the truth, for he was with his dad when it all happened. Will they be able to convince the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"A funny, warm and inventive Christmas film that proves seeing is not believing -- believing is seeing."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This is the most playfully amusing, inventive new cinematic Christmas fable in several decades."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Heartwarming family tale for both kids and adults."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Allen's foray into the real world after his transformation begins is the funniest part of the movie."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"While the film breaks no new ground, it offers the kind of simple, well-crafted, family entertainment that used to be a staple of the Disney studio."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles 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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Allen's schtick is a jabbermouth know-it-all."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"This movie has charm to spare and it's hard to resist."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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