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Get Santa (U)

Comedy, Family

A father and son who team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.

The critical consensus

Two levels of hohohos at work here: Spall’s likeable scepticism (for adults) and reindeer flatulence (kids).

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 30/11/2014

Get Santa is an imaginative and madcap festive family film that has lots for both adults and kids to enjoy – think Porridge meets Elf.

****(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 02/12/2014

With farting reindeer and frugal budgets, Christopher Smith, the man behind Triangle and Severance, has forged something almost as terrifying.

**(*)(*)(*)Nick de Semlyen, Empire Online, 01/12/2014

Dogged, heartfelt acting works hard to prop it up.

**(*)(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 04/12/2014

Some of the humour is pretty feeble but Smith throws in chases, prison breaks and just enough grotesquerie to keep the sentimentality from clogging up the film entirely.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 04/12/2014

It’s a nice idea and the casting is spot on but somehow, like Santa’s marooned sleigh, writer-director Christopher Smith’s potentially enchanting picture fails to soar.

Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 07/12/2014

Not a classic, then, but a welcome alternative to the horrific prospect of taking the kids to see Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 07/12/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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