Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2

Foul-mouthed alcoholic mall-Santa Billy Bob Thornton returns after Terry Zwigoff's hilarious 2003 black comedy. This sequel has long been in the works, originally with director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) attached. Production finally began in 2016 with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) in the director's chair. The Coen brothers, who did final rewrites of the 2003 script (but were uncredited), are not involved.

2016Rating: R16, Violence, offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend93 minsUSA
Comedy
87%
want to see

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

No, the first Bad Santa wasn’t a great work of art. But it took a single joke — the worst Santa ever — and made something agreeably twisted out of it. For any curmudgeons who would prefer a lump of coal in their stocking than to participate in heartwarming festive cheer, Billy Bob Thornton’s memorably cranky performance as Willie Soke, a sexist, alcoholic, thieving misanthrope, was the ideal whiskey-soaked respite.

2.0

Expectation Failed

I loved the 1st one - still Love the first one but the storyline was all over the show. I actually got bored with this one. Sorry

3.0

Crude with the odd laugh

You have to be prepared for a range of un-PC jokes

2.0

2 hours of my life down the loo

OMG what can I say, dreadful. Now if it was crass and funny I would have laughed, but this was just so bad I actually felt bad for these once respected actors. Admittedly never saw the first film but I can imagine it was more of the same only slightly funnier as someone with clout thought it deserved a sequel over a decade later. Billy how far you have...

1.0

No more Bad Santa please

Why oh why did they try to show a sympathetic side to Bad Santa? It undoes the whole Bad Santa is an asshole joke. A seriously lame story, majorly wasted talent, but ... a couple of good gross out oneliners, but there was too much of it and the "isn't it funny that we keep saying fuck" gag wore think very quickly. Not worth the price of a cinema ticket.

1.0

Not Bad

I really love the original humour in this! they used only a few of the old jokes which was good. I think the story line was a bit boring, however the humour made up for it. The cast was really good, Cathy Bates is so funny!. If you have a sick sense of humour and can take a joke, its the movie for you!

3.0

APPALLING

So bad. Actually the worst thing I've seen at the cinema. Ever.

1.0

This review is based on the 25mins that I spent in the theatre

watching this abomination, so it's very short. You get my drift.

1.0
Variety

Variety

press

A weary, half-hearted affair that doesn't even have the courage of its own nihilism.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Bad Santa 2 has to make do with director Mark Waters (Mean Girls), who is both more sentimental and more accepting of broad, panicky comedy.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

While Ms. Bates can be a nimble scene stealer, decking her out in tattoos and punk jewelry is not enough to spark an uninspired script.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Waters wrings occasional snickers from a patchy script, but the whole feels tamely conventional: misanthropy passed through the usual Hollywood motions.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Compared to pretty much every other film that has tried to make a buck out of being gross and not much else in the last decade, Bad Santa 2 is better than most.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

For those who've endured the long gap between Bad Santa movies like kids eagerly anticipating Christmas, this sequel brings it on like Saint Nick's overstuffed bag of goodies, with plenty to entertain (and offend) everyone.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

As long as you know what you’re in for, the film is a hilarious good time, a respectable continuation of what made the first Bad Santa so fun.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A photocopy of a photocopy, this could perhaps be the nadir of the wave of decade-too-late comedy sequels. Only Thornton completists, and hopeless nostalgists, need apply.

2.0
Collider

Collider

press

The fact that these gags and one-liners are meant to offend isn't even half as criminal as the fact that the humour in 'Bad Santa 2' is repetitious, poorly timed, and devoid of any real feeling.

1.0
Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

No, the first Bad Santa wasn’t a great work of art. But it took a single joke — the worst Santa ever — and made something agreeably twisted out of it. For any curmudgeons who would prefer a lump of coal in their stocking than to participate in heartwarming festive cheer, Billy Bob Thornton’s memorably cranky performance as Willie Soke, a sexist, alcoholic, thieving misanthrope, was the ideal whiskey-soaked respite.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A weary, half-hearted affair that doesn't even have the courage of its own nihilism.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Bad Santa 2 has to make do with director Mark Waters (Mean Girls), who is both more sentimental and more accepting of broad, panicky comedy.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

While Ms. Bates can be a nimble scene stealer, decking her out in tattoos and punk jewelry is not enough to spark an uninspired script.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Waters wrings occasional snickers from a patchy script, but the whole feels tamely conventional: misanthropy passed through the usual Hollywood motions.

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Compared to pretty much every other film that has tried to make a buck out of being gross and not much else in the last decade, Bad Santa 2 is better than most.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

For those who've endured the long gap between Bad Santa movies like kids eagerly anticipating Christmas, this sequel brings it on like Saint Nick's overstuffed bag of goodies, with plenty to entertain (and offend) everyone.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

As long as you know what you’re in for, the film is a hilarious good time, a respectable continuation of what made the first Bad Santa so fun.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A photocopy of a photocopy, this could perhaps be the nadir of the wave of decade-too-late comedy sequels. Only Thornton completists, and hopeless nostalgists, need apply.

2.0
Collider

Collider

press

The fact that these gags and one-liners are meant to offend isn't even half as criminal as the fact that the humour in 'Bad Santa 2' is repetitious, poorly timed, and devoid of any real feeling.

1.0

Expectation Failed

I loved the 1st one - still Love the first one but the storyline was all over the show. I actually got bored with this one. Sorry

3.0

Crude with the odd laugh

You have to be prepared for a range of un-PC jokes

2.0

2 hours of my life down the loo

OMG what can I say, dreadful. Now if it was crass and funny I would have laughed, but this was just so bad I actually felt bad for these once respected actors. Admittedly never saw the first film but I can imagine it was more of the same only slightly funnier as someone with clout thought it deserved a sequel over a decade later. Billy how far you have...

1.0

No more Bad Santa please

Why oh why did they try to show a sympathetic side to Bad Santa? It undoes the whole Bad Santa is an asshole joke. A seriously lame story, majorly wasted talent, but ... a couple of good gross out oneliners, but there was too much of it and the "isn't it funny that we keep saying fuck" gag wore think very quickly. Not worth the price of a cinema ticket.

1.0

Not Bad

I really love the original humour in this! they used only a few of the old jokes which was good. I think the story line was a bit boring, however the humour made up for it. The cast was really good, Cathy Bates is so funny!. If you have a sick sense of humour and can take a joke, its the movie for you!

3.0

APPALLING

So bad. Actually the worst thing I've seen at the cinema. Ever.

1.0

This review is based on the 25mins that I spent in the theatre

watching this abomination, so it's very short. You get my drift.

1.0