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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    C.W. Nevius San Francisco Chronicle

    A tasteless, vulgar, savage assault against everything that is good and decent in the Christmas season. I think you are going to like it. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Aspires to the devilish crudity and unfettered social commentary of South Park. But Zwigoff's direction lacks the exaggerated cartoonishness necessary. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    "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. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    The foulest holiday movie I've ever seen -- and the funniest. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Won't appeal to everyone, of course, particularly those who blush easily. And parents who take children to see it deserve to have their heads examined. But for those who don't mind a little bile in their eggnog, it's the perfect antidote to all that prefab Christmas cheer. show more

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