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Krampus Reviews

November 5, 2019
Some clever soul might have done something moderately effective with this idea, but Krampus is too dumb to be scary and too listless to be entertaining.
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November 5, 2019
Otherwise, this holiday-season fright flick never leaps far enough outside of its own box; the movie flirts with going full-on monster mash, with really cutting loose, but the mayhem is too little, too late.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 5, 2019
The legend of the Krampus, often referred to as the shadow of St. Nicholas, is a fertile one indeed, but this "Krampus" - a missed opportunity for anti-saccharine counter programming - isn't likely to create many new believers.
November 5, 2019
Unfortunately, the narrow scope of his story - which is primarily set inside the characters' abode - makes the film feel akin to a Christmas-themed home invasion thriller minus the surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 5, 2019
It's a pleasantly perverse idea with potential for grisly humor, cultural satire and the kind of murderous fantasies that run through all our heads when relatives overstay their welcome.
November 5, 2019
It's passable when it hits its stride, but too black-hearted to feel like any kind of classic.
December 4, 2015
The fact we care at all about the outcome is a testament to the actors, and only the actors. But buried beneath the Christmas clutter is a much better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 4, 2015
It has enough personality and ambition that it could easily become an annual tradition for those who prefer "Silent Night, Deadly Night" to "It's a Wonderful Life."
December 4, 2015
Although there are some amusing moments here and there and a couple of nicely effective scary bits, it is never quite as darkly funny nor as frightening as it would like to be ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 4, 2015
The movie sends mixed messages. It's hard, but gooey, too. Trick 'r Treat showed that Dougherty has a mean streak (with wit), but with Krampus, he's clearly been charged with delivering a wide-appeal PG-13 film.
December 4, 2015
A curious creature feature that's more unwanted gift than surprise package.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2015
Too many obnoxious relatives, evil critters and weak gags at the expense of fat kids and foul-mouthed old ladies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 3, 2015
Lurches between treacle and terror as it stumbles toward a too-easy ending.
December 3, 2015
If you love Gremlins but don't feel like rewatching Gremlins, consider Krampus a worthwhile diet caffeine-free alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 3, 2015
It's nowhere near as good as many of the films it so wants to be positioned next to, but it's nasty enough to leave an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2015
We get some cheap gags about fat inlaws and nasty cousins; then Krampus arrives and suddenly it's all straight scares about psycho elves. The two moods never combine.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 3, 2015
Krampus isn't especially scary, but it generates goodwill nonetheless for treating its home-invasion-for-the-holidays setup with an appreciably straight face.
December 3, 2015
While the violent sequences are very effectively staged, the results are a strange hybrid that doesn't quite work.
December 3, 2015
The family members are outlined as mostly repellent characters. And so, when the evil Santa monster (hoofs, horns, chains, beard) eventually comes calling, we're positively cheering him on, begging him to finish them off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 3, 2015
This is a Christmas film with an enjoyably barbed edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2015
Krampus is a merry Christmas horror film that takes no prisoners but should hold willing audiences captive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2015
This very capable cast has absolutely no wit to work with in a screenplay co-written by Dougherty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4