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The Santa Clause 2 Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    If you value your time and money, find an escape clause and avoid seeing this trite, predictable rehash. The 90 minutes could be better spent doing holiday shopping.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The only parts of the film that ring true -- and they sometimes ring touchingly true -- are the ones that give Mr. Allen simple human themes to work with.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    No question, the new movie is amiable family entertainment, and Allen is such an affable actor that maybe kids won't begrudge him seeking romantic fulfillment in order to remain their favorite Santa.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is not a special effects extravaganza like "The Grinch," but in a way that's a relief. It's more about charm and silliness than about great hulking multimillion-dollar high-tech effects.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

This one deserves a "bah humbug."

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some bathroom humor. A character tries to yank out his tooth to get the tooth fairy to come (and one apparently succeeds, off camera). Parents might want to talk to younger kids to make sure they do not imitate this behavior. While the movie has strong, intelligent female characters, the elves (played by children) conform to 1950's-era stereotypes, with the boys creating toys and playing football while the girls deliver the cookies and cocoa. There are very few minority characters and the movie does not acknowledge any other religious or cultural holiday traditions.

  • Families can talk about how Charlie feels about keeping the secret of his father's life as Santa. They can also talk about how a big disappointment can make someone afraid to try to be happy. Talk about the scene in which adults play with their favorite childhood toys. Which would you like to have again?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Bathroom humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Comic violence, no one hurt.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Naked plastic tush.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false5

    Consumerism: Product placements for McDonald's and Nestle.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue