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The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy. Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) is a con man and a thief who teams up with his friend Marcus (Tony Cox), a midget, for a very special scam each year during the holiday season. Willie gets a job as Santa Claus at a shopping mall, his pal tags along as an elf, and they use their employee status to crack mall security and rob stores blind just before Christmas. However, there's one flaw to this plan -- Willie is a bitter, foul-mouthed and perpetually grouchy alcoholic who doesn't care for kids, and it's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Once the rude shock of a profane Claus wears off, there's not really much to do except await the next outrageous remark."
‑ Michael Agger, New Yorker
"Much like School Of Rock, Bad Santa salvages a tired, paint-by-numbers formula by resisting it every step of the way, stubbornly refusing to stop its juvenile fun until the last possible moment."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"With all the hype about this film, one may expect a dark, cynical comedy with some sort of commentary on the mass consumerism of the season. Sadly, moments like that are few."
‑ Adam Weiskind, Christian Science Monitor
"Bad Santa squeezes enough humour into its tight costume to satisfy anyone suffering from seasonal sickness."
‑ , Total Film
"George Bailey never kicked Mr. Potter in the nuts."
‑ Rob Humanick, Stranger Song
"Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Zwigoff's safe-cracking con-man Santa is one of vilest creatures to ever grace a screen."
‑ Dan DeMaggio, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"With Thornton giving a terrific deadpan performance, this is the perfect antidote to the usual saccharine Christmas confection."
‑ Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times
"Bad Santa is in fact the most belligerently crass and profane comedy to slither out of the studio system in at least a year--although it's also much less interesting than that sounds."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Zwigoff and company wring some laughs out of it, though the tone is uniformly mean and vulgar."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This amusingly venal, possibly shocking tale is just what Scrooge ordered."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Too naughty for kids; nice for some grown-ups."
‑ Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
"The movie revels in a gloriously pessimistic tone and manages a few brief moments of hilarity amid the satire."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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