• PG, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Dobkin
    In Theaters:
    Nov 9, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 25, 2008
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Fred Claus Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6.5/10

March 22, 2011

Sun Online

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 Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

November 30, 2007

Daily Mirror [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

November 30, 2007
Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

November 29, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Fred Claus isn't especially funny but it's well made, superbly acted and entirely watchable, provided you can stomach the sentimentality levels.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

November 29, 2007
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Vince Vaughn's famously rude Wedding Crasher gets macho with Ludacris as a m-igitalized feisty Santa elf, while huddling over the pint-sized urinals in the john with another, to clue him about North Pole dirty dancing and romance.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 25, 2007

Neither as terrible as it could be nor as funny as it should be, this is a painless way to catch a new holiday movie without getting into a fight about what part was the lamest.

Full Review Source: Cinerina | Original Score: 3/5

November 22, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

There are plenty of cringe-worthy moments in this overlong seasonal tale ... but Fogelman and Dobkin do manage to find the right mix of sweet and sour.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 18, 2007
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

A true Christmas classic to take the whole family to and enjoy. Put up your tree in anticipation of this film and get in the spirit, because this film will definitely cause you too.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

November 13, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There are some scattered big laughs and a sweet message here, so I'm giving it a mild recommendation.

November 12, 2007
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Santa's mother, who obviously never heard of Dr. Spock, violates important childrearing advice in 'Fred Claus.' Amusing holiday chaos ensues.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 10, 2007
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

I'm so glad there's another Fred movie. I've been getting Drop Dead Fred and Right Said Fred since I was in middle school.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

November 9, 2007
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Vaughn gets plenty of mileage exploring both the painful and fun sides of Fred.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Fred Claus turns out to be not bad for a Santa movie, which I suppose could be interpreted as either faint or excessive praise, depending on your view.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 9, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Friend, you may find yourself wondering how we ever survived the holidays without a Christmas dose of Vince.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

November 9, 2007
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A pleasant little seasonal gift.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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There's no more fleet talker flapping his lips with free associative aplomb than Vaughn, and he uses his edgy powers for good here.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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[Vaughn's] naughtiness has never seemed so approachably nice.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

It may not be brilliant, but it's easily the best holiday movie since Elf...

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 9, 2007
Bill Gibron
PopMatters

Fred Claus is the perfect post-millennial holiday film. It's funny, smart, wicked, warm, and above all, completely clued-in to our growing crass commercialization of Christmas.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 9, 2007
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Screen International
November 17, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 17, 2007

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November 12, 2007
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