Fred Claus Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
It's no improvement on Bad Santa, or National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, for that matter.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 26, 2008
A turbulent ride that shifts tonal gears and messages like oscillations in the weather, ending in mythological frostbite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 21, 2008
Fred Claus is not an entirely bad picture, but it is a decidedly bland one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
May 20, 2008
Vaughn's act may be toned down a bit, but he still plays the same fast-talking, quip-spouting arrogant schmuck that he usually does, and it wears thin real fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2008
Rather than creating imaginative situations for Vaughn to explore, director David Dobkin merely asks that Vaughn be himself, as if his personality were big enough to wring humor out of a comic vacuum.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
Unfortunately, this is a broad family comedy that depends on odd sound effects (zonks! splat!) during every scene...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Does it make me a Scrooge to suggest that this is one piece of holiday coal you should leave in your stocking?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christian Toto
Washington Times
January 19, 2008
Fred Claus won't make us forget "Rudolph," "Frosty" or even "The Santa Clause."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Tennis
Cinemaclips.com
December 12, 2007
It is a joyless rehash of old plots and jokes. File "Fred Claus" under lump of coal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2007
Paul Giamatti is forced to play Santa like a socially awkward version of Vince Vaughn
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
December 1, 2007
There are no laughs from the material, which wants to be edgy but can't go for broke because it's too busy being a trifling piece of holiday cheer but without the cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 30, 2007
Fred Claus tries desperately for a Bad Santa meets Elf vibe. Five minutes in, the man sitting next to me was sound asleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 30, 2007
The actual effect of films such as this, however, is to put you in an entirely non-Christmas, non-joyous and non-charitable mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 30, 2007
An archly mirthless comedy.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 30, 2007
Fred Claus is in the grand tradition of a certain type of Yuletide farce - one that's about as funny as a crushed bauble in your egg nog.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 30, 2007
The spirit of Scrooge surges strong within me having watched this chillingly cynical and unfunny Christmas movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Sun Online
November 30, 2007
DICK VAN DYKE had an excuse for doing a terrible Cockney accent in Mary Poppins - he is American. But how Brit Rachel Weisz can explain her "you wot" effort in Fred Claus is anyone's guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 30, 2007
It's not exactly It's A Wonderful Life, with Vaughn's trademark blokeishness starting to jar, Giamatti strangely miserable and the laughs generally thin on the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Hall
Film4
November 30, 2007
You'll have a better time if you spend Christmas wedged up a chimney.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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