Bad Santa
Bad Santa (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 26, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gloriously rude and gleefully offensive black comedy, Bad Santa isn't for everyone, but grinches will find it uproariously funny.

David Ansen

An antidote to forced holiday cheer, this scabrously funny misanthropic comedy is not for the whole family.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Best of all, it plugs into -- and electrifies -- the mostly unacknowledged grimness that lies just beneath our holiday cheer.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

The movie's one joke -- which will endure for the ages -- is the defamation of the Christmas spirit by Billy Bob Thornton, who stars as a drunken, chain-smoking, dirty-minded, incontinent, foul-mouthed and larcenous department-store Santa.

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Michael Agger
New Yorker

Once the rude shock of a profane Claus wears off, there's not really much to do except await the next outrageous remark.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

if you hate the Yuletide season, you're part of the target audience

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Thornton never backs down from anything the writers throw at him. Bad Santa takes everything beyond tasteful limits.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Yes, it's awful, but have to laugh. Definitely not a sentimental Xmas movie.
Kase Vollebregt
Billy Bob Thornton makes sure this dark comedy isn't a completely useless movie, but the film is so utterly devoid of any charm that it is hard to love.… More
Spencer S.
While there are many quotable lines, and an edgy dark humor that usually gets waylaid with Christmas comedies, a classic this film is not. For all its… More
Jack Hawkins
This narratively clichéd yet entertaining alternative Christmas film is one definitely worth seeing if you're sick of 'It's a Wonderful… More
Phil Hubbs
No this isn't a National Lampoon movie although you could easily be fooled into thinking that with this title. As you might have expected this is a… More
Directors Cat
Not as grinchy and evil as I had hoped. The plot of Bad Santa is all over the place and sometimes the edginess is lost by dramatic changes to it's story.… More