Violent Night

critic Reviews

, 73% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Violent Night isn't as wildly entertaining as its concept might suggest, but for those seeking harder-edged holiday fare, it may be a ho-ho-whole lot of fun.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    It’s like attending a party where no two guests are on sufficiently good terms to manage even 20 minutes of civilised conversation. “Perfect for Christmas Day then,” I hear you say. Too cynical.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    112 minutes of your life rather than a day, which is a small gift...
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    Megan GarberThe Atlantic
    Violent Night offers up a timely amalgam: It is torture porn that is also a morality play.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    David Harbour makes a particularly good cranky, butt-kicking Santa, in a movie that offers the sort of shared experience that should bring theaters some much-needed cheer.
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    Pat PaduaWashington Post
    "Behind all the gore-splattered walls and domestic rancor lies a sweet-and-sour bedtime story of good triumphing over evil."
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    Jason BaileyThe Playlist
    The fight scenes are competent&#59; the gore and gunfire are plentiful, there are some reasonably clever kills, and the occasional kidding of action movie clichés are welcome.
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    Mini Anthikad-ChhibberThe Hindu
    A mean-spirited film with nothing to redeem.
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    Prabhjot BainsTilt Magazine
    It’s brimming with both warmth and cynicism, cementing a Santa perfectly attuned to the times and emblematic of the joy and anguish that pervades this time of year... a new Christmas classic.
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    Manuel São BentoFirstShowing.net
    Violent Night is one of the biggest surprises of the year, instantly becoming a contemporary Christmas classic! David Harbour expertly embodies a shockingly brutal, savage version of Santa Claus that somehow still delivers lovely messages.
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    Zach PopeZach Pope Reviews
    Violent Night is an instant CHRISTMAS CLASSIC. A bloody, gnarly, & goofy time that brings the laughs, the action, & Especially the Christmas magic! David Harbour is the definitive most realistic Santa Claus you could put into a movie
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