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Bad Santa

2003
Comedy
Drama
1h 32m
"Bad Santa" is the story of two conmen who go on a road trip to malls dressed as Santa and his elf. Rather than spreading good cheer, the duo's motive is to rob each establishment, a strategy that becomes complicated when they encounter an 8-year-old who teaches them the true meaning of Christmas. (imdb)
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Bad Santa

2003
Comedy
Drama
1h 32m
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Rated 24 Apr 2015
49
19th
We sat down to watch this and I laughed so hard that I had to put my phone down and go back to watching the movie again because it is not funny.
Rated 04 Dec 2014
60
38th
Finally got around to watching Bad Santa only to find him more Sad than Bad.
Rated 05 Oct 2009
37
34th
As a pitch-black parody of the typical Christmas movie, it confuses abundant profanity and fucking and cynicism with darkness and bite. As a corrective to the typical Christmas schmaltz, it undermines itself with an ending that seeks to absolve its bastard anti-hero and provide uplift.
Rated 03 Jul 2018
25
13th
Dysfunctional Santa not really my thing
Rated 16 Jul 2009
90
66th
Billy Bob Thornton in the role he was born to play. It's also got a helluva lot of heart for such a dark movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
69th
Great movie! It was funny and dirty (in the B.B.T way). I really enjoyed it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
76th
Rude, cynical, mean-spirited Christmas movie with a lot of heart lurking underneath.
Rated 25 Dec 2012
66
46th
It's ok. He could've been badder though.
Rated 22 Dec 2015
75
84th
A twisted take on yuletide cheer that manages to have it both ways: it celebrates the holiday season by pooing on it. Thornton is sleaze personified as the drunken, degenerate, whore humping Santa who robs malls for a living with his foul mouthed pint sized 'friend'. Ritter is hilarious as a timid mall manager, while Mac is equally amusing as a shady security chief with a penchant for blackmail. What makes the film work ultimately is its complete disregard for good taste.
Rated 01 Jun 2010
80
78th
It's hilarious. The idea of a mall Santa this horrible is pretty great (although one wonders how he doesn't get fired). The overall plot is mediocre (Thorton and Cox are con men who steal from the malls they work at every year), but there are enough laughs to keep you watching. At the end it turns out to be a nice little redemption story, and certainly worth the watch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
79th
Terribly crass without a protagonist you can like and damn is it hilarious. Billy Bob Thornton plays his seedy asshole role to perfection and would certainly reprise this character type in more comedies. John Ritter's supporting (and final) role is tear inducingly funny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
The fat kid's t-shirt is pretty funny, but really, I don't get what all the love for this movie is about. There's a lot of swearing. Hilarious? There are funny bits and all, but I guess this movie loses points for me because it was built up to be a lot more than what it is - a standard crude comedy.
Rated 17 Mar 2010
1
1st
BORING!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
57th
The santa suit is a perfect fit for Thorton and the movie is surprisingly disturbingly touching at times.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
59th
It's funny, somehow.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
81st
I feel the same way about this that I do about Bad Boys. I acknowledge that it's stock, but it's just damn good. This movie had me dying from laughter. Any mall Santa sleeping in his own urine is enough to have me dying.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
76th
Thornton is deceptively brilliant in this downbeat laugher. Piss-pants worthy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
11th
He's Santa, and he's bad. Get it? You will after 95 minutes of having it beaten into you. I won't say I didn't laugh... at some points, I laughed damn hard. But it wore out quickly while the movie trudged on towards its somewhat predictable conclusion. Could have used more Bernie Mac.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
57th
I'm an eating, drinking, shitting, fucking Santa Claus.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
90
90th
Terry Zwigoff and the Coen's Christmas exercise in bad taste, booze and safecracking pays off immensely. One of the most memorable and worthwhile Christmas movies in years.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
40
15th
Too dumb to be funny.
Rated 11 Dec 2006
76
26th
This movie had its funny points, but overall it was pretty stupid
Rated 11 Dec 2006
92
84th
One of the most brazenly funny movies I have ever seen. Simply outrageous. Terrfic performance from billy bob and the retard ugly kid. Loses its charm near the end when it starts to show an actual heart. Still probably the best christmas movie ever, though.
Rated 10 Oct 2010
51
49th
A completely watchable film, which makes it one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made.
Rated 30 Jul 2009
65
59th
I thought this film was funny, but not crazy hilarious like a lot of people thought.
Rated 29 Dec 2008
78
55th
Much funnier then I thought it would be.
Rated 17 Jan 2009
56
54th
Some scenes had me laughing, just because Billy Bob is so brash. Especially when he belittles the boy. Heh.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
70
37th
Funny and mean spirited. Good stuff.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
74
63rd
You can dislike the film all you want and not be able to dismiss Billy Bob Thorton's harrowingly nasty performance- a work of genius, though he has been playing this character too many times since this one.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
70
50th
The movie isn't great, but honestly ends hilariously.
Rated 08 Sep 2018
70
41st
Not a whole lot happening below the surface, but it's pretty consistently funny so we'll chalk that up as a win. Really bad ending, though. It all kinda goes to hell once the guns come out.
Rated 16 May 2023
80
68th
Billy Bob Thornton really is a pretty bad Santa. This is not false advertising.
Rated 03 Mar 2011
65
72nd
billy bob thornton was great in this one, perfect drunk santa
Rated 09 Nov 2009
65
21st
touching, i guess. how does billy bob keep getting work?
Rated 26 May 2007
65
62nd
Fucking Genius.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
48
32nd
funny and crude but the character is well written and performed
Rated 04 Jun 2007
0
0th
This was recommended to me by a couple of friends, but I absolutely could not stand it. One of very few movies that I've found physically impossible to sit through to the end; turned it off about 3/4 through.
Rated 13 Dec 2017
45
57th
#17#, [Unrated], rw3, liked, Lauren.G/7A5, oldies(3) }**{ #00s(m)#, popcorn, story, ratings
Rated 05 Jul 2010
82
69th
Very funny and very mean-spirited. A lovely combination
Rated 17 Jun 2009
70
50th
Very funny movie, but also very crude. I do not recomend this to people with delicate sensibilites.
Rated 09 Jan 2012
71
60th
By no means a great film, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
17th
Horrible. Billy Bob is a decent dramatic actor, but he has ZERO sense for comic timing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
84th
the bad-er santa version is awesome...recomendation for cheap jokes like cursing and farting
Rated 13 Dec 2017
72
82nd
A Christmas movie for those of us who despise the usual saccharine sweet crap that is replayed year after year. Rude, crude and truly quite funny, makes this a good comedy any time. Thornton really plays the role to a 't' and the supporting cast are good as well.
Rated 03 Jun 2010
40
37th
The comedy is pretty insufferable; it's mostly lambasting Thornton's character for being an asshole and fulfilling the typical tropes of 00's comedy in that it believes being as crude as possible is the height of hilarity. But outside that, the movie is just constantly mean-spirited in a way that perhaps is subverting the conventions of Christmas films but not in a way that's particularly thoughtful or engaging; rather, it just comes across as shallow derogatory sophistry at best.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
90
86th
My favorite dark comedy; nothing like some bitterness and cynicism during the sickenly sweet holiday season.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
81
16th
badass
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
73rd
Dirty and wrong on all fronts, but still has a heart
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
75th
Raucous and dirty, but hilarious
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
49th
A few shocking laughs and strangely appealing characters make this film comfortably watchable during the Christmas season. Otherwise, I wouldn't watch it.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
78
87th
Finally a xmas movie without that family-feeling. Breath of fresh air. Billy Bob looks like he enjoyed this one as well.
Rated 21 Sep 2008
85
78th
On my opinion, this is Billy Bobs best role ever as a fucking mean Mall-Santa
Rated 14 Apr 2008
90
13th
OH MAN, SICK MAN
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
32nd
kind of funny, I hate christmas!
Rated 21 Sep 2008
85
76th
Gut-splitting, heaving, hurt ribs comedy. Apt title all the way. This is movie with almost no taste, unless we acknowledge that vulgar humor is an acquired one. Endlessly quotable and memorable scenes. The drunken destruction of the plastic reindeer prop in front of the frightened children is one of the funniest scenes I've ever seen. Also love his growing frustration with the kid. Billy Bob plays a heartless drunk beautifully. As you can guess, plot is expendable. Just LOL situations.
Rated 05 Apr 2008
75
65th
you aint going to shit right for a week
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
51st
sandwiches!!!!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
51st
Zwigoff is a comic hero of mine and this future Christmas classic is the perfect blend of Looney Tunes and Mean Streets. About a Boy's nasty uncle, which is in no way a bad thing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
67
22nd
Guilty pleasureto watch this one....
Rated 29 Mar 2015
64
54th
3.18/5
Rated 18 Oct 2010
55
58th
Tis the season to be naughty!!! An unconventional and non traditional Christmas film, Bad Santa takes your jingle bells and stuffs them down your throat. Crude and abrasive, this is definitely not for the kiddies.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
70
67th
Funny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
50th
One of the best comedies of the year, with Thornton in great touch. The midget was a bit of a jackass, but a highly entertaining comedy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
61
36th
Really funny the first time I watched it, but it felt stale and tired the second time around. If I could go back and see it again for the first time, I'd be pretty happy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
67th
Previews looked stupid but this movie is hilarious. Reminds me of Al Bundy in a married with children episode.
Rated 17 Dec 2014
60
40th
Alright movie but not for the holidays. Coen Brothers seem to make this dark comedy worthwhile and Billy Bob Thornton is actually pretty good. Although it sucks the life out of your Christmas spirit. Fair warning.
Rated 02 Jan 2024
53
48th
Billy Bob Thornton gets virtually all the moments that are actually funny. The rest of the flick is pretty dire, and I could definitely have done without the redemption/uplift shit by the end.
Rated 21 Jun 2011
65
43rd
I remember being surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this movie when I first sat down to watch it about 6 years after it's release. Now, 2 years later, I can't really recall what was so good about it. I'll go with my gut and say that it's funny and entertaining, but this isn't getting a terribly high score because no specific scenes really stand out.
Rated 11 Jan 2009
55
3rd
Eh
Rated 30 Mar 2008
90
94th
Uma comédia natalina com Billy Bob Torton fazendo um papai-noel ladrão impecável e engraçadíssimo.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
82nd
I'm a sucker for movies that hate Christmas, and this one repeatedly kicks it in the groin with a titanium-tipped boot.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
59th
Crude, funny, and gross, but could have been more subversive than it is. Worthwhile holiday film.
Rated 03 Feb 2010
4
0th
7
Rated 19 Mar 2009
92
93rd
one of the best xmas movies ever
Rated 21 Jun 2008
85
49th
There is nothing better in this world than watching Billy Bob Thornton get plastered on booze and then dress up like Santa Claus only to get his lap pissed on by adolescent children in a shopping-mall during the day and screwing women and robbing places blind at night. A great comedy that fits the Scrooge-like mentality some have of the Christmas season.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
91st
Black comedy doesn't get much darker than this. Billy Bob just might have been the most endearing scumbag in ages with this movie. Great flick though. Very funny, and very honest.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
6th
Clue number one is in the title...BAD
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
84th
Profane, nasty, mean, bitter, savage, cruel, and hilarious. Billy Bob Thorton rocks. It's a Christmas comedy of the most twisted, hilariously dark and utterly depraved kind, and a great companion piece to Die Hard for a twisted Christmas film festival.
Rated 25 Jan 2010
85
94th
This movie is awesome. It's a comedy that's also very dark in how it displays how shitty someone's life can be. I think that's what Funny People tried to do, but where that failed, this succeeds greatly. Evidently, the original Pasadena screening was even more depressing that it already is (I imagine it ended about three minutes earlier), so I wonder if there's a copy of that floating around somewhere.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
50
63rd
"Bad Santa never compromises its singularly offensive-though refreshing-vision, and that's something to celebrate."
Rated 19 Feb 2012
75
63rd
Couldn't shit right for a month after watching this movie, don't ask why.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
14th
oh come on its not that good
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
66th
Wanton profanity shouldn't be this funny to an adult.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
43
11th
It's simple-minded vulgarity for simple-minded audiences, and probably shoddy entertainment for anyone looking for substance.
Rated 21 Sep 2018
45
13th
Barely worth the time.
Rated 25 Dec 2020
39
3rd
Bad Santa. Even worse film. The film doesn't really elaborate on its title. There is probably about 20 minutes of plot, very little happens. I assume its meant to be funny, but this is a film that thinks just swearing, drinking, smoking, fighting and having sex is inherently funny. There's no context or shock added to any of it to actually make it funny. Imagine always sunny but with everything that makes that so funny removed. Billy Bob is quite good, if only he had decent comedic writing.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
83
34th
I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw this! Not because of the two beautiful strangers that sat on each side of me in the theater, but just the unappealing nature of the drunkard St. Nick threw me into a frenzied of stomach wrenching laughs and loathsome jeers. The fat kid was excellent. Or the "talking walnut" as he referred to himself ha ha ha.
Rated 19 Jul 2008
50
13th
Meh. Raunch comedy.
Rated 22 Dec 2020
48
22nd
C
Rated 26 Aug 2007
1
0th
Should be named "Bad Movie". Everyone gets a stinker now and then but Thornton is racking them up (Bad News Bears, etc). New rule for Billy Bob: If is has the word Bad in the title, don't DO IT. :)
Rated 12 Sep 2007
70
44th
Thornton is great in it.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
85
94th
Hilarious movie. It's a no holds barred raunch-a-thon that comes off as witty and intelligent at the same time. Thornton gives one of his best performances.
Rated 29 Jan 2014
85
67th
The definitive Christmas comedy for cynics, as well as a dark character study featuring a masterful performance from Billy Bob Thornton revealing what lies beneath everyone's favorite cheerful, consumer holiday. A Christmas miracle.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
78
51st
Another fantastic role from Billy Bob.
Rated 05 Aug 2009
75
66th
So many funny parts
Rated 24 Jun 2008
40
13th
Not a fan of Billy Bob Thornton
Rated 14 Jan 2008
65
50th
Christmas movie made to suck what you may have left of holiday cheer straight outta you, only to kick it back in through your teeth.
Rated 22 Feb 2008
60
6th
A bombthat tries so hard to be funny that the failed attempts become laughable. You won't find yourself laughing much, if at all.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
73
81st
Great comedy.
Rated 22 Jan 2014
77
52nd
A gloriously rude and gleefully offensive black comedy, Bad Santa isn't for everyone, but grinches will find it uproariously funny.

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