The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause (1994)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 11, 1994
DVD Release Date: October 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Santa Clause is utterly undemanding, but it's firmly rooted in the sort of good old-fashioned holiday spirit missing from too many modern yuletide films.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A genial, lightweight entertainment.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Like most modern fantasies, The Santa Clause isn't very clear about the rules governing Scott's new powers.

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Zac Hestand
Film Inquiry

The Santa Clause is a failure as a holiday movie. It promotes negative aspects of the season and attempts to have you cheer for disgusting, irritating people.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Tim Allen's talent for dry regular-guyness fails to kindle Disney's sappy big-screen Yule log.

Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A funny, warm and inventive Christmas film that proves seeing is not believing -- believing is seeing.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

I was surprised to find The Santa Clause rather easier to take than anticipated.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

You can get the same emotional and imaginative kick staying home and rereading your Christmas cards.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
A divorced adman for a toy company finds himself in quite a jam after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve sees him become Santa Claus, much to the delight of his… More
Aj V
It was an interesting and funny idea to have a normal guy put into the situation of having to become Santa, but if you ask me, this movie overdoes it. The… More
Jim Careter
The Santa Clause is a fun kids movie with a few jokes adults will enjoy, its not really a Christmas classic but its fun many people can enjoy.
danny d
a classic, one of the great christmas movies of all time
Alex roy
As a Christmas film, The Santa Clause for me anyways didn't work. I felt that the film was a dud. Of all the Christmas themed movies, The Santa Clause is… More
Luke Baldock
This most fantastic of Christmas movies has eveything to bring about some holiday cheer. Late night driving, disastrous meals, carols, early morning wake-ups,… More