Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.

Christine Champ

Rare Exports also twists the season's staples with a morbidly merry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.

Full review…
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Santa shows his dark side in this wildly idiosyncratic horror flick from Finnish writer-director Jalmari Helander.

Full review…
S.I. Rosenbaum
Boston Phoenix

The end gets a little silly, but the building tension of the first two acts allows for some deliciously creepy moments and a true feeling of dread: the sense of something very old, and very hungry, shuffling toward you in the Yuletide dark.

Full review…
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

For anyone who can look a little askance at the monster that contemporary Christmas has become, this artfully made Finnish tale is -- I kid you not -- a real treat.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" is a rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care.

Full review…
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

[A] deliciously loopy oddball of a film.

Full review…
Jay Weissberg

Conceived with winking humor and a terrific visual style, the pic is a rare treat.

Full review…
Tom Russo
Boston Globe

Too crazy? Good luck telling that to the filmmakers inviting you to spend the holidays with the anti-Claus.

Full review…
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

A James Bond movie, fairy tale and potentially a full blown horror story rolled into one, if you enjoyed the original Swedish vampire thriller Let The Right One In, you'll find much to admire here.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
This Finnish Christmas tale looks better than most other films from Europe. Arthouse lovers could complain that it got Hollywoodized too much, but the… More
Ken Stachnik
A fun alternative to the regular Christmas faire, The best way to describe Rare Exports is The Thing, as directed by Steven Speilberg, on a low budget, set in… More
Cynthia S.
Interesting movie. Rather strange, if you ask me. I'm not sure I get why so many people seemed to love it. This was an unanimated Tim Burton kind of… More
Melvin White
"This Christmas Everyone Will Believe In Santa Clause." I have been waiting for over a year to finally get a chance to watch Rare Exports: A… More
Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni Tommila, Risto Salmi, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Järvenpää… More
Bruce Bruce
This is the most bizarre Christmas Movie to come along in some time, not a sit down and watch family movie, defiantly not something that would come across the… More

More Like This