Critics were looking for their own escape clause when it came time for Tim Allen to suit up for a third go-round as Santa:
Peter Howell, The Toronto Star:
It’s time to send this one-trick reindeer to the glue factory.
Eric D. Snider:
You play Santa Claus once with enthusiasm, twice with affection, three times for a paycheck.
Kyle Smith, New York Post
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, with Martin Short as Jack Frost, means we're getting a turkey and a ham for the holidays.