The Santa Clause Synopsis
An adman takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.
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90

Variety

By Leonard Klady
This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.
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88

TV Guide

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Nevertheless, The Santa Clause is a charming, if mild, fantasy, distinguished by a gentle directorial touch that strikes a deft balance...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
All of the film's technical and creative contributions are top-notch, but as it should be, it's the people who win us over. [11 Nov 1994...
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80

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Aimed at kids, but written with parents in mind, The Santa Clause balances the sugar with the spice, which Allen sprinkles on just right.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Santa Clause (so named after the clause on Santa's calling card that requires Scott to take over the job) is often a clever and amusing...
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63

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
As holiday heartwarmers go, The Santa Clause is an amusing stocking stuffer, a sitcom-superficial novelty that jingles many of the same...
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50

Austin Chronicle

Actually, this souped-up sled is a perfect vehicle for TV star/comedian Tim Allen and, despite its formulaic chassis, he takes us through a...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The Santa Clause isn't an unmitigated disaster, but it's also a whole lot less impressive than it could be.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Watch for the ''Mrs. Doubtfire'' syndrome: In Santa drag and padded for laughs, Scott demonstrates how to be a more sensitive, more funsy...
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40

Empire

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The film drops from obvious comedy into a ready melt slush which no amount of make-up and special effects can rescue.
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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 5+ Heartwarming family tale for both kids and adults.
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