Bad Santa

Bad Santa

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R-rated, cult, black comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton as a miserable, Bukowski-esque drunk and dwarf Tony Cox as his partner. Together they pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. Directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World), who had rewrites done on the script by the Coen brothers (although they remain uncredited due to Writer Guild rules).

2003Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes95 minsUSA, Germany
Comedy

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Bad Santa | Reviews

78%220 reviews

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I didn't like this movie merely because it was weird and different; I liked it because it makes no compromises and takes no prisoners. And because it is funny.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Extremely funny - at times sidesplittingly so...

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

The foulest holiday movie I've ever seen - and the funniest.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This is a superb stink bomb of an entertainment...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An achingly funny and corrupt dark comedy.

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Salon

Salon

I found the escalating disreputability of Bad Santa completely cathartic.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A delightfully obscene alternative to the usual Christmas tosh.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Bad Santa salvages a tired, paint-by-numbers formula by resisting it every step of the way...

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Associated Press

Associated Press

Even when the film threatens to turn feel-good, it thankfully resists the urge.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

It's actually pretty sweet at heart, although never sentimental.

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Bad Santa | Release Details

Bad Santa is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix and Apple TV and Neon and Academy On Demand and AroVision.