75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Allen and Short seem to be having so much fun that their enthusiasm is entirely contagious. Let the season begin.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
The Santa Clause 3 is a colourful jumble. (But quite a bit better than Jungle 2 Jungle). Nevertheless, whether parent or elf, You might laugh when you watch it in spite of yourself.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
This isn't a movie, it's an animatronic theme-park ride - an artificially processed, easily digestible treat for kids.Ho, ho hum.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

This Styrofoam snowman of a sequel overdoses on its own candy-cane-colored sugary cheer.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
There's some potential in this storyline, but the movie doesn't do much with it besides giving Martin Short an opportunity to put on the fat suit.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
To borrow a cliche from another medium, Santa might have jumped the shark.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The bad news, for those looking forward to The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause with anything like enthusiasm, is this: Bernard the Elf is history.
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38

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The whole film is plagued by a sense of false, desperate cheerfulness.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Plodding and unfunny.
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12

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Martin Short as Jack Frost, means we're getting a turkey and a ham for the holidays. As for Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, an ordinary guy who took over Santa's job by chance, he's more like a tasteless lump of mashed potatoes.
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32 out of 100
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