Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Gibson's darkly funny Santa Claus movie is violent, profane.

R 2020 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Sad and Disappointing

On a technical level the actual acting was mediocre at best, the dialogue was robotic, and the characters actual motivations didn't make sense half the time. The idea was there but they missed the ball at every swing. The only thing that the movie has going for it is the violence, unfortunately it is there for the sake of being there. There are multiple close-ups of bullet wounds and the blood, don't get me started. It looks as though people were put inside a mamoth for a day and then made to come out again. Also no-one was able to get shot well, every time that it happened I thought that they were shimmying. The movie is only okay at being a bad action film, a film that tries desperatly to hold on to the promise of an interesting concepet.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 12+

If Santa had made it to the 21st Century

The movie departs from traditional holiday movies that have been dominating our screens and which establish consumerism as equal to giving. The movie is dark, but we live in dark times. Had Santa made it to the 21st C, he would have been worse than Chris Cringle portrayed by the talented Mr. Gibson. Yes, the movie does present a Santa like no other, a frustrated Santa who is at the verge of being put out of business and who is still grappling to save his workshop and the Christmas spirit which is dwindling. However, and like everything good, he and his elves are coaxed to work for the army. Another sign that shows how the world has become, a world filled with consumers and power thirsty governments and individuals. The boy who puts a price on Santa's head is a symbol of what our kids could be if they were left to their own devices. The huge number of coal pieces santa delivers on Christmas are a warning, an alarm that we need to pay more attention to our kids because we are losing them to the dark side. All in all, the movie is worth watching and worth discussing with your kids about its content.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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