Elf

critic Reviews

, 84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell's funny and charming performance as one of Santa's biggest helpers.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Neil NormanLondon Evening Standard
    While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.
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    David AnsenNewsweek
    Ferrell is a hoot. So is much of this witty holiday family entertainment, which, up until the end, when the "true spirit of Christmas" must be reaffirmed, happily favors slapstick over treacle.
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    Christy LemireAssociated Press
    Sure, Elf feels a little too feel-good at the end, but what do you expect? It's a Christmas movie! Anything else would be the cinematic equivalent of finding coal in your stocking.
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    Scott TobiasAV Club
    The cast wrings laughs out of David Berenbaum's script as if it were a damp washcloth, but even they have trouble selling frenetic button-pushing as the Christmas spirit.
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    Owen GleibermanEntertainment Weekly
    A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.
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    J. R. JonesChicago Reader
    The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.
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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    Captures the spirit that I long to have during the holiday season.
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    Debbie Lynn EliasBehind The Lens
    Simplicity. Goodness. Sugar-coated. Nostalgic. Maybe a little hokey at times. Endearing. Enchanting. Go celebrate Christmas a little early with Elf -- a new Christmas classic for the 21st century.
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    Rachel WagnerRachel's Reviews (YouTube)
    It's a really fun holiday film.
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    Kristy StrouseFilm Inquiry
    There are few cinematic ventures that capture the Christmas spirit in such abundance and hit the Holiday target so directly on the nose.
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