Bad Santa Synopsis
Two criminals (Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox) disguise themselves as St. Nick and an elf.
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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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So-So

By foxyjo123
This movie was definitly a so-so. I thought it was funny but wasn't funny enough. 4 out of 10....

By jayzfan
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Five Word Review

By MrMomoney
a terrible concept of Christmas...

Billy Bob plays an a**h*** like none other

By redyeah
If there is one reason to watch this movie it is to see Billy Bob Thorton be a complete ***. He is so rude and obnoxious, it makes you wanna slap him in real life. Later, however he develops the...

An awesome vulgar and heartwarming christmas tale...

By The_Movie_Doc
It is twisted, vulgar, and the kind of movie that wants you not shittin' right for a week. The story at it's core is a tale of redemption for our Bad Santa played perfectly by Billy Bob Thorton. It...

fun but nothing more than that

By yanghosfamily722
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Funny

By vrupcic
It is funny as heck...

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Rated R | For Strong Sexual Content, Some Violence and Pervasive Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Too naughty for kids; nice for some grown-ups.
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