88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A demented, twisted, unreasonably funny work of comic kamikaze style, starring Billy Bob Thornton as Santa in a performance that's defiantly uncouth.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is a filmmaker who instinctively knows that a shot of Santa sitting at a bar as Ricky Nelson sings Jingle Bells will be no-frills funny.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Happens to be extremely funny -- at times sidesplittingly so -- thanks to Zwigoff's way with raw irreverence and Thornton's perfectly pitched, ready-for-anything performance.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
A tasteless, vulgar, savage assault against everything that is good and decent in the Christmas season. I think you are going to like it.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
"Ghost World" director Terry Zwigoff, working with a depraved script by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, has fashioned the sickest -- and funniest -- black comedy in years.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If you've had it with all that feel-good holiday sludge, hook up with the combustibly nasty Bad Santa. It could become a Christmas perennial for Scrooges of all ages.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Without question, not for the children. It is, however, just the cup of rancid black-comedy eggnog for anyone fed up with holiday cheer in all its manifestations.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Aspires to the devilish crudity and unfettered social commentary of South Park. But Zwigoff's direction lacks the exaggerated cartoonishness necessary.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Isn't up to much of anything besides pretending that swearwords and snot-nosed insults, served up by Santa with an almost institutional monotony, aren't just naughty. They're -- big joke! -- incorrect.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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