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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"required viewing during the holiday season"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Dressed in a snug green outfit throughout and dispensing decorations, sugary snacks and a beaming grin, Ferrell is the life and soul of an otherwise unexceptional Christmas celebration."
‑ Jason Caro, Radio Times
"The third act's a little clumsy, but Elf brings the Christmas cheer and loads of laughs."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Some humour might sail over the heads of the very young, but there's a higher chuckle rate for the grown-ups than much dread 'family' fare."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"All told, Elf is undeniably cute, but not destined to become a Christmas classic. Nevertheless, children will love it."
‑ Eddie B. Allen Jr., Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"It would be Scrooge-like to say mean things about the innocuous Elf, so I'll just point out that director Jon Favreau's film rarely reaches its full comic potential."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A disarmingly funny holiday comedy."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"I love watching Ferrell do his gangly, clueless shtick, and even here, there's something inherently funny about just seeing him in a big, green elf suit. There's something inherently funny about Ferrell -- period."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A gleeful, cracked fairytale."
‑ , Total Film
"Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"A family-friendly, funny and heartwarming holiday film with a great heart that is well worth watching more than once."
‑ Vic Holtreman, ScreenRant
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