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Santa Claws

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animal-centric holiday flick has jumbled plot, bad acting.

Movie NR 2014 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 8+

It's an Asylum Christmas movie

The Asylum deliberately make low budget, low effect movies in the "so bad they're almost good" genre. Santa Claws is one of them. There are many things wrong with it, but the kittens are fun, it all works out in the end, and Santa is still real.
age 4+

Why do people hate this movie?

I dont't understand why parents are so harsh about this movie! It is for your KIDS, and my 8-year old daughter thinks it is adorable. Of course it is silly and the acting isn't great, but it has kittens and Santa. It is fun for kids and not too painful for parents. My only actual complaint is it could have used some festive music.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (5 ):

SANTA CLAWS is pretty much a big mess right from the start of the movie. The plot is jumbled, the characters are unlikable, the special effects are terrible, and there are obvious mistakes, such as seeing the cameraman in some of the shots. The reason for the mom's lack of Christmas spirit seems to change throughout the movie, making her come across as simply cruel and unlikable. Mr. Bramble is more creepy than bumbling, and Santa is the creepiest of all, with his innuendo and an un-Santa-like whine. There's also a random scene wherein the kittens end up in a little girl's clutches; she beheads dolls and draws scary pictures, which is so brief and bizarre it feels jarringly unnecessary.

The technology in Santa's sleigh is fun and entertaining, but with so many good Christmas flicks out there, this is one that even animal lovers can safely skip.

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