• Released
  • December 3, 2010
  • (Limited 12/3)
  • R , 1 hr 20 min
  • Action/Adventure

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A fiendishly entertaining Christmas yarn rooted in Northern European legend and lore, complete with a not-so-jolly old St. Nick informed more by the Brothers Grimm than Norman Rockwell.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care. How else to explain an R-rated Santa Claus origin story crossed with "The Thing"?
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By Kim Newman
If you're a bah-humbug type looking for an alternative to Santa Claus: The Movie or Miracle On 34th Street, this could be a holiday perennial. May be too strange for normal people, but weird kids will love it.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is coming…to Finland.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
To be clear: Despite the holiday flavor, and despite the pint-sized hero, this is no kids' movie. There is swearing. There is blood. There is an army of 180 very nude Santas coursing through the snow. That's not the kind of thing Frank Capra ever could have dreamed of -- and that change of pace is exactly what makes Rare Exports a rare, if unexpected, holiday treat.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
A taut, gorgeously filmed and enjoyably wicked cinematic treat.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This Santa Claus story is for a midnight movie crowd, not the kiddie matinees.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins."
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It isn't recommended for impressionable children, who might well experience nightmares. But for grown-ups looking for an alternative to the annual onslaught of ho-ho-ho Christmas tales, the visually pleasing oddity is just the thing, even if it does slow down in its middle portion before picking up again.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander's dark-comic expansion on his cult Internet shorts, in which he crafts a back story for Santa that's as black as stocking coal.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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