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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 3, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Eric Kohn

The flaws of Rare Export offer an important reminder that looking good on YouTube does not provide qualifications for a bigger screen.

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Jay Weissberg

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

OK. it's a silly folklore tale. But I found it both pleasingly absurd and funny.

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Christine Champ

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

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

[A] deliciously loopy oddball of a film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This movie will not be for everyone. I just wanted to get that out of the way first before going into the details. This can be a very off-putting film at times,… More
Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni Tommila, Risto Salmi, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Järvenpää… More
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

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