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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Review Critics


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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    To borrow a cliche from another medium, Santa might have jumped the shark.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Magical (if mindless) family holiday fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will probably be eager to see the third tale in this fun, tame holiday movie series. Although it's rated G, there's still plenty of slapstick violence. Jack smacks Scott in the face with a snow shovel, and, in another scene, Jack gets run into and knocked over. That said, Santa's pad at the North Pole is one happy place. There are plenty of magical scenes in this movie that make you believe reindeer really can fly and magic really does exist in the world. And, oh, all those sweet treats!

  • Families can talk about the differences in the way Jack and Scott view Christmas. Scott loves being Santa and bringing joy and magic to people all over the world, while Jack is only in it for his own gain. Does Jack's scheming pay off in the end? And, what is Christmas truly all about? The candy and presents? The magic and joy and spending time with people you love? The religious significance? This is a great opportunity for families to talk about their own holiday traditions and beliefs.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Jack is selfish and wants to be Santa for his own gain. He schemes and tricks Scott into relinquishing his Santa role. Jack is rude to kids and adults, "frosts" people, and causes Christmas chaos everywhere.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Some slapstick violence: Scott gets smacked in the face with a shovel; in another scene, his pants are on fire. Jack gets knocked over. Also, Santa falls off a roof and disappears -- literally -- leaving behind only his clothes.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Mrs. Claus is pregnant.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Toys and snow globes factor greatly into the storyline.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue