Santa Claus - The Movie
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After introducing how Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the North Pole and began their work delivering toys at Christmas time, this routine children's film segues into a story about an evil corporate magnate (John Lithgow). One of Santa's elves (Dudley Moore) goes to work for the nasty tycoon and invents a wild array of far-out toys. Then there is a little boy who does not believe in Santa Claus and a girl who finds out about the toymaker's plans to defraud his company. Santa's reindeer are a little under the weather, not to mention Santa himself. This labyrinth of subplots quickly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dated '80s holiday movie has smoking, product placement."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Colorful super spectacle suffers from script, pacing."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Overblown and dull, it's not surprising that this film is largely forgotten."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"One would expect a holiday epic with a title like Santa Claus: The Movie. It implies something definitive, which would therefore put it in the canon of Christmas classics. However, this is definitely not the case."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Here is a Christmas package that should have been left on the shelf."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is no Rudolph."
‑ Bob Grimm, Las Vegas Mercury
"Even though some of its special effects are now dated, Santa Claus: The Movie is a touching tale that deserves to be rediscovered by younger generations."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"So horrible I didn't even like it when I was a member of its target audience."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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