The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Tim Allen returns as a regular guy-turned-Jolly Old Elf in the second sequel to the 1994 hit The Santa Clause. Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who doubles as Santa Claus, has settled into his home at the North Pole with his new wife, Carol (Elizabeth Mitchell), and is preparing for another Christmas when he receives a visitor -- Jack Frost (Martin Short), the cold-weather sprite who has been sent to help out St. Nick by Mother Nature (Aisha Tyler) and Father Time (Peter Boyle) after making a scene at a meeting of the Council of Legendary Figures. However, while Jack is supposed to acting as an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Frost turns the occasion into a swag-saturated consumer orgy, which the film condemns even as it hams up product placement for Red Bull."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"This Styrofoam snowman of a sequel overdoses on its own candy-cane-colored sugary cheer."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"Magical (if mindless) family holiday fun."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"It's sad to see the life sucked out of a series that started so well."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"There is no escaping the banality of it all."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"You've got to hand it to director Michael Lembeck... he's succeeded in persuading studio bosses to let him make not one but two sequels from premises that were dead in the water from the word go."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Perfect entertainment for five-year olds and sheer torture for the unlucky parent(s) accompanying them to the theater."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"You look at a movie like this and wonder how some screenwriters can have the temerity to go on strike"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Short's skill and total commitment to his role make him no straw-dog villain, and his chemistry with Allen helps the movie's Santa feel like a real live person and not an imperturbable icon."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"A little muddled and derivative but what do we expect, really?"
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"The movie is more cute than funny. Smiles are plentiful, but outright laughs are widely scattered."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's very, very difficult to care, because the movie is structured so poorly."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Special effects are in abundance, but none of them are very well-produced, much like the film on the whole."
‑ Christopher Null,
"While it may concern elves and Christmas, 'The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause' is more dreary than cheery."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
"Christmas cheer is in short supply in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, a feeble festive farce that's more no-no-no than ho-ho-ho."
‑ Neil Smith,
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