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Parents' Guide to

Finding Santa

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Holiday tale has cartoon action, suspense, intense peril.

Movie NR 2016 81 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+


I fell asleep half way through did they find Santa or not??? My four year old is upset as she doesn't know if they found him either.If anyone knows please contact me ASAP

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The welcome appearance of hand-drawn, artful animation, along with a sweet Christmas score, give way to a story that simply has too much malice to make it a memorable, seasonal family event. The bullies in Finding Santa do learn a lesson, but their turnaround is flimsy. The dangers that Julius and his friends must overcome are powerful and, at their core, a bit gruesome: being chewed up and spit out in pieces, fighting for air in an icy lake, plummeting from a steeper-than-steep cliff. That doesn't take into account the actions of the despicable young villains and Santa's vicious ex-aide. It's iffy territory here for kids looking for a sweet holiday tale.

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