"'The Santa Clause 2' captures the true spirit of the holiday. It's mildly sentimental, unabashedly consumerist (with anything-but-subliminal advertisements for McDonald's hamburgers and NestlE` candy tucked inside), studiously inoffensive and completely disposable." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"'The Santa Clause 2' is more of the same tinsel-draped malarkey that made the original film into a big hit, but it's more engaging, assured and funny, and I liked it more. The first movie seemed too desperately cheery; this one has a nice acerbic undertone." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"... an intermittently amusing but soulless mechanism for the extraction of money from moviegoers. There's not a moment in it that feels fresh or authentic or inspired...'Shrek' proved that it is still possible for Hollywood to make delightful, smart movies for children and the adults who accompany them--a fact that makes the experience of 'Santa Clause 2' all the more depressing." --Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post

"Despite clever touches, the sequel is, perhaps unavoidably, missing the sweet sense of discovery that made the original so special...Without being too much of a grinch, it seems fair to say that 'Santa Clause 2' won't replace anyone's annual viewing of 'It's a Wonderful Life.' But your family could find a worse way to take a holiday break after decking the malls with trails of credit card receipts." --Elizabeth Weitzman, The New York Daily News

"Tim Allen and his team make it look easy, this putting on of ho-ho-hos in such a way that adults may find stocking-stuffer laughs amid the general jingle-bellishness of 'The Santa Clause 2'...the scene of Allen on a nightmare blind date with 'SNL' alum Molly Shannon is spiked eggnog for the boomer soul." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly