Elf
Elf (2003)

For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Critic Score
84%
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78%



Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

David Ansen
Newsweek

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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.

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Neil Norman
This is London

While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.

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Christy Lemire
Associated 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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J. R. Jones
Chicago 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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Dennis King
Tulsa World

Raise a glass of cheer to Ferrell and Favreau. They might not have created a full-scale holiday classic here, but they've certainly given us a fresh, sparkly new bauble to hang on our perennial tree.

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Scott Tobias
AV 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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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Will Ferrell has the ability to turn those wide eyes and that big body into a potent comic weapon, so Elf gets a good number of laughs from his complete, innocent abandonment to his role as a lummox-size elf.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Oddly executed plot along with a joyously flare makes this Christmas comedy a success. Elf is the typical holiday film that's entertaining and strong, all… More
Chris Weber
Buddy is a man raised who was by Santa and his elves up in the North Pole since he was a baby finally learns the truth about his life and sets off to New York… More
Phil Hubbs
'Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?' So a baby 'Buddy' climbs into Santa's sack and is whisked away to the North Pole by… More
Daniel Mumby
The single biggest problem with most Christmas films is that they have little or nothing to do with Christmas. We can argue about the pagan origins of Christmas… More
Nicki Marie
One of the better Christmas movies. This is pretty cute and Will Farrell plays his adult moron (sorry, elf) role well. I love Zooey Deschanel as well - I would… More
Sophie Burgess
Upon second viewing I absolutely loved it. A brilliant christmas film for all the family which really sets you up for a good christmas. The characters are great… More

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