Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2

Foul-mouthed alcoholic mall-Santa Billy Bob Thornton returns after Terry Zwigoff's hilarious 2003 black comedy. This sequel has long been in the works, originally with director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) attached. Production finally began in 2016 with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) in the director's chair. The Coen brothers, who did final rewrites of the 2003 script (but were uncredited), are not involved.

2016Rating: MA15+, Strong crude sexual humour, sex scenes and coarse language93 minsUSA
Comedy

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Bad Santa 2 / Reviews

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

No, the first Bad Santa wasn’t a great work of art. But it took a single joke — the worst Santa ever — and made something agreeably twisted out of it. For any curmudgeons who would prefer a lump of coal in their stocking than to participate in heartwarming festive cheer, Billy Bob Thornton’s memorably cranky performance as Willie Soke, a sexist, alcoholic, thieving misanthrope, was the ideal whiskey-soaked respite.

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Variety

Variety

A weary, half-hearted affair that doesn't even have the courage of its own nihilism.

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Time Out

Time Out

Bad Santa 2 has to make do with director Mark Waters (Mean Girls), who is both more sentimental and more accepting of broad, panicky comedy.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

While Ms. Bates can be a nimble scene stealer, decking her out in tattoos and punk jewelry is not enough to spark an uninspired script.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Waters wrings occasional snickers from a patchy script, but the whole feels tamely conventional: misanthropy passed through the usual Hollywood motions.

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Stuff

Stuff

Compared to pretty much every other film that has tried to make a buck out of being gross and not much else in the last decade, Bad Santa 2 is better than most.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

For those who've endured the long gap between Bad Santa movies like kids eagerly anticipating Christmas, this sequel brings it on like Saint Nick's overstuffed bag of goodies, with plenty to entertain (and offend) everyone.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

As long as you know what you’re in for, the film is a hilarious good time, a respectable continuation of what made the first Bad Santa so fun.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A photocopy of a photocopy, this could perhaps be the nadir of the wave of decade-too-late comedy sequels. Only Thornton completists, and hopeless nostalgists, need apply.

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Collider

Collider

The fact that these gags and one-liners are meant to offend isn't even half as criminal as the fact that the humour in 'Bad Santa 2' is repetitious, poorly timed, and devoid of any real feeling.

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