Fred Claus
Fred Claus (2007)

Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but he could never live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas, who was just a perfect, well, Saint. True to form, Nicholas grew… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 25, 2008
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21%
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45%



Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slew of talent is wasted in this contrived and overly sentimental Christmas film, which can't quite get the balance between slapstick humor and sentimental family moments.

Jonathan Crocker
Time Out

Dobkin's film is lit up by a couple of genius scenes: first, a siblings support-group attended by Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin and Roger Clinton; second, a superb in-joke triggering Spacey's redemptive thaw-out, stoking a festive glow against the odds.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

As derivative and predictable as any of the holiday comedies of the past few years, providing audiences with at best a handful of laughs. Most of it is uninspired.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's no improvement on Bad Santa, or National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, for that matter.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The movie is less ho-ho-ho than uh-oh, or oh-no.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It senselessly dims an idea that should shine as brightly as Rudolph's nose.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

Fred Claus will never go down in history as a holiday classic, or even one of Vaughn's better known films, but a sterling cast lifts up what could have been easy mediocrity.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

There are some scattered big laughs and a sweet message here, so I'm giving it a mild recommendation.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Vaughn gets plenty of mileage exploring both the painful and fun sides of Fred.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

A turbulent ride that shifts tonal gears and messages like oscillations in the weather, ending in mythological frostbite.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
You don't have to be a cynical old Scrooge like me to see through this transparent nonsense. The moral message is totally confused, just when it becomes… More
Jim Careter
This is not a jolly film, its funny for a while and then becomes very dark and creepy, but had a great moral that some kids aren't bad, mayb ethey just… More
Phil Hubbs
Great film, probably the best Xmas movie for years. It works mainly because of Vaughn and his deadpan, sarcastic deliveries and being an average Joe in his… More
KJ Proulx
Fred Claus is very cliche and very boring, right up until it hits ist's mark halfway through. It earns back everything it was drgging behind and leaves you… More
Sophie Burgess
Not the funniest film ever but it does make you feel like you need to be more tolerant of your family and help them out during the holidays. Something to get… More
Dean McKenna
This Christmas movie is funny and has many hilarious moments. The message that there is no naughty child and consequently every child deserves a Christmas gift… More

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