Fatman

critic Reviews

, 43% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Fatman takes a surprisingly serious approach to a potentially ludicrous twist on the Santa Claus legend, aiming for edgy but mostly missing the mark.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    These jingle bells rock.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Like reindeer on an icy roof, this experiment in blending fantasy and felonies never finds its footing.
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    Mark DujsikRogerEbert.com
    For all of the work that the Nelms brothers put into figuring out the logistics of a real-world Santa ... it's more than a bit disappointing that it's all in service of something fundamentally routine.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Fatman is so enamored of its central idea that it forgets to take that idea any further.
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    Bob StraussSan Francisco Chronicle
    Hate Mel Gibson all you want for his vile outbursts, but if you have a liking for sick, "Bad Santa"-style Christmas movie satires, you still might want to give "Fatman" a try.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Waffling between anger and pathos, dry humor and dead-eyed violence, "Fatman" feels tonally befuddled.
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    Don KayeDen of Geek
    The Nelms want to say something about a world where a kid puts a hit on Santa and the old man himself is taking money from the military, but it's never quite clear what their message is or what tone they're aiming for.
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    Andrew ParkerThe Gate
    Fatman has a premise that sounds far more raucous on paper than it appears in execution.
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    Dominic GriffinThe Armchair Auteur
    This ridiculous premise works, when it works at all, off the unique presence that is Walton Goggins, but it's a genuine surprise that Mel Gibson is still able to transcend how tarnished his screen persons has been by his real life antics.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    Fatman is one of the weirdest movies you will ever see...
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