The Santa Clause
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Television sitcom star Tim Allen made his big screen debut with this light, family-friendly holiday comedy. Allen stars as Scott Calvin, the divorced dad of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and Charlie's psychiatrist stepfather Neal (Judge Reinhold) have informed his son that there is no Santa Claus. While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings them outside, where Scott startles the intruder, who tumbles from the roof. It turns out that there is a Santa after all, and Scott has just accidentally… 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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