Critic Reviews

71

Metascore

Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
90
A fiendishly entertaining Christmas yarn rooted in Northern European legend and lore, complete with a not-so-jolly old St. Nick informed more by the Brothers Grimm than Norman Rockwell.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
A rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care. How else to explain an R-rated Santa Claus origin story crossed with "The Thing"?
80
What unfolds is a dark comic thriller and action-hero send-up, a strange alloy of daredevil helicopter maneuvers and night of the living elves. Captured in atmospheric widescreen camerawork, the end-of-the-world frozen landscape (actually Norway) is spectacular and spooky.
80
If you're a bah-humbug type looking for an alternative to Santa Claus: The Movie or Miracle On 34th Street, this could be a holiday perennial. May be too strange for normal people, but weird kids will love it.
75
It's dark fun, in the spirit of "Gremlins."
75
A taut, gorgeously filmed and enjoyably wicked cinematic treat.
75
This Santa Claus story is for a midnight movie crowd, not the kiddie matinees.
75
You'd better watch out. You'd better not swear. Have a gun handy, loaded for bear. Santa Claus is coming...to Finland.
75
To be clear: Despite the holiday flavor, and despite the pint-sized hero, this is no kids' movie. There is swearing. There is blood. There is an army of 180 very nude Santas coursing through the snow. That's not the kind of thing Frank Capra ever could have dreamed of -- and that change of pace is exactly what makes Rare Exports a rare, if unexpected, holiday treat.
63
It isn't recommended for impressionable children, who might well experience nightmares. But for grown-ups looking for an alternative to the annual onslaught of ho-ho-ho Christmas tales, the visually pleasing oddity is just the thing, even if it does slow down in its middle portion before picking up again.
50
Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander's dark-comic expansion on his cult Internet shorts, in which he crafts a back story for Santa that's as black as stocking coal.

More Critic Reviews

See all external reviews for Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) »

See also

Awards | FAQ | User Reviews | User Ratings | External Reviews | Message Board