The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause

In the first instalment in The Santa Clause trilogy, Tim Allen makes his film debut starring as a reluctant, clumsy stand-in Santa Claus after accidentally sending Santa himself to an early grave.

Divorced dad Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After Scott accidentally causes Santa to fall from high up on his roof while trying to deliver presents, Scott and his son are tasked with completing Santa's deliveries. Soon after, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa's place before the next Christmas arrives.

1994Rating: G97 minsUSA
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The Santa Clause / Reviews

Variety

Variety

This is a hip, likable spin on the seasonal icon told with a deft mixture of comedy and sentimentality.

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Time Out

Time Out

The movie steers a shrewd course between bracing cynicism and old-fashioned make-believe.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Despite its charms, the movie didn't push over the top into true inspiration.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

All of the film's technical and creative contributions are top-notch, but as it should be, it's the people who win us over.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Allen's schtick is a jabbermouth know-it-all.

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