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73% Tomatometer 209 Reviews 88% Audience Score 2,500+ Verified Ratings When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn't prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he's about to show why this Nick is no saint. Read More Read Less Watch on Peaco*ck Stream Now

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Violent Night isn't as wildly entertaining as its concept might suggest, but for those seeking harder-edged holiday fare, it may be a ho-ho-whole lot of fun.

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It could have taken its cool concept even further, but Violent Night is still a funny, gory good time -- and David Harbour is terrific as a Santa you won't want to mess with.

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Violent Night | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Donald Clarke Irish Times It’s like attending a party where no two guests are on sufficiently good terms to manage even 20 minutes of civilised conversation. “Perfect for Christmas Day then,” I hear you say. Too cynical. Rated: 2/5 Dec 10, 2022 Full Review Violent Night | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Stephen Romei The Australian 112 minutes of your life rather than a day, which is a small gift... Rated: 2/5 Dec 9, 2022 Full Review Violent Night | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Megan Garber The Atlantic Violent Night offers up a timely amalgam: It is torture p*rn that is also a morality play. Dec 7, 2022 Full Review Violent Night | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Sarah Vincent Sarah G Vincent Views What elevates “Violent Night” from a mindless, holiday-themed action film was its ability to balance the violence and the heartwarming emotions. Jun 8, 2024 Full Review Violent Night | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Mini Anthikad-Chhibber The Hindu A mean-spirited film with nothing to redeem. Oct 4, 2023 Full Review Violent Night | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Prabhjot Bains Tilt Magazine It’s brimming with both warmth and cynicism, cementing a Santa perfectly attuned to the times and emblematic of the joy and anguish that pervades this time of year... a new Christmas classic. Aug 6, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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James R St Nicholas at a different level!! fun movie!! Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/31/23 Full Review The Ron This is funny and violent take on a Christmas movie. I loved it, and it's homage to Home Alone was awesome! Not a kids movie for sure. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/28/23 Full Review KJC Love it! Love it! Love it! And will own it too to watch over & over again every holiday season. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/27/23 Full Review Robert Santa Clause kicking butt in the most gruesome and graphic of ways possible. The entire movie is silly but on purpose for it's comedic effect. Watch this if you love dumb, stupid, and fun violence. Rated 3.5/5 Stars • Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/28/23 Full Review Gigi Absolutely fantastic film! My new favorite Christmas movie in a while! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/11/23 Full Review Ruby B It was meh - Christmas meets cheesy action movie. Overall, there was a heartfelt message at the end, in true Christmas fashion. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Tommy Wirkola Director David Harbour Santa Claus John Leguizamo Scrooge Alex Hassell Jason Lightstone Alexis Louder Linda Edi Patterson Alva Lightstone
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Synopsis When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn't prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour, Black Widow, Stranger Things series) is on the grounds, and he's about to show why this Nick is no saint.

Director
Tommy Wirkola

Producer
Kelly McCormick, David Leitch, Guy Danella

Screenwriter
Pat Casey, Josh Miller

Distributor
Universal Pictures

Production Co
87North

Rating
R (Some Sexual References|Language Throughout|Strong Bloody Violence)

Genre
Holiday, Action, Comedy

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 2, 2022, Wide

Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 20, 2022

Box Office (Gross USA)
$50.1M

Runtime
1h 52m

Sound Mix
Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio
Digital 2.39:1
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