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Fred Claus Reviews

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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

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
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Jonathan Crocker
Time Out
November 29, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/6
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 29, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 25, 2007
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.
November 22, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 18, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
November 13, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 12, 2007
There are some scattered big laughs and a sweet message here, so I'm giving it a mild recommendation.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 10, 2007
Santa's mother, who obviously never heard of Dr. Spock, violates important childrearing advice in 'Fred Claus.' Amusing holiday chaos ensues.
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
November 9, 2007
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.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 9, 2007
Vaughn gets plenty of mileage exploring both the painful and fun sides of Fred.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2007
Friend, you may find yourself wondering how we ever survived the holidays without a Christmas dose of Vince.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 9, 2007
A pleasant little seasonal gift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 9, 2007
[Vaughn's] naughtiness has never seemed so approachably nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
November 9, 2007
It may not be brilliant, but it's easily the best holiday movie since Elf...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 9, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012

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

Film Ireland Magazine
November 30, 2007

Screen International
November 17, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 17, 2007

ComingSoon.net
November 12, 2007
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