Up 287 this week

Bad Santa (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  26 November 2003 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 101,903 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 475 user | 187 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sling Blade (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker
Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An Asian-American office worker and his Indian stoner friend embark on a quest to satisfy their desire for White Castle burgers.

Director: Danny Leiner
Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Ethan Embry
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember - who is working with Dr. Evil.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Green
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dr. Evil is back...and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 60's and steal Austin Powers's mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless".

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Director: Larry Charles
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from highschool, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Stars: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco
Old School (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, Trey Wilson
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack
Bad Santa 2 (2016)

An adventure with Santa impersonator Willie Stokes.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Korhan ...
Dylan Charles ...


Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who's onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? Written by halo1k

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's very naughty . . . and not very nice. [DVD] See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Badder Santa  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,292,952 (USA) (28 November 2003)


$2,983 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Director's cut) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Billy Bob Thornton admitted that he was genuinely intoxicated during the filming. See more »


When a kid sneezes chocolate ice cream all over Willy's face and Santa beard, the chocolate disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The producers of Stolichnaya Vodka caution viewers to consume alcoholic beverages responsibly and lawfully and not to consume such beverages in an abusive or irresponsible manner. See more »


Referenced in You Know What's Bullshit: Christmas Aftermath (2009) See more »


Up on the House Top
Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby
Performed by The Cherry Sisters
Courtesy of Iliad, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One of the best, and most surprising, films of the year
1 December 2003 | by (Arkansas, US) – See all my reviews

When I first saw the trailer for this film I thought that it was basically just gonna be a funny little dark comedy that would be a nice distraction from the annoying family movies that are being dumped into theaters around this time. However, leaving the theater after watching this, I discovered how much more it was than what I was expecting. Instead a good movie, I got a great one, with good direction and a wonderful script and, best of all, the performance of Billy Bob Thornton, who makes the film what it is. His foulmouthed, cynical, suicidal character might look two-dimensional on paper and, had another actor taken a stab at this role, come off as forced and tiresome, but Thornton finds just the right blend of humor and reality. The film is touching, but not on the surface. Many viewers will not get it; they'll see this film as a vulgar assault on the Christmas spirit, and, in a way, it is, but deeper than that there is a story here about a man who has lost all faith in the human race and has now been restored. Without being sappy, unlike almost any other film I've ever seen, "Bad Santa" is able to make this an emotional journey for a contemptable character, get us to like him, and disguise it behind dark, sick humor. It's a masterpiece of dark comedy and the best holiday film of the last 5 years. **** out of ****

58 of 78 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best line in the movie arkayenether
I laughed once ttvd94
Well I thought this film was HILARIOUS aceshigh3434
Similar Movies? stevejames6
Kept noticing how after every major put down... mo-askew
'You smell like a bum's nutsack' Lucky777s
Discuss Bad Santa (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page