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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins." show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This Santa Claus story is for a midnight movie crowd, not the kiddie matinees. show more

  • 90
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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"? show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A taut, gorgeously filmed and enjoyably wicked cinematic treat. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is coming…to Finland. show more

  • 75
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    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. show more

  • 63
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    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. show more

  • 50
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    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. show more

  • October 29, 2011 lucy
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    it should be outlawed to make scary or creepy movies about santa claus how stupid!!

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