Elf

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Elf Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

required viewing during the holiday season

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

January 7, 2014
Eddie B. Allen Jr.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

All told, Elf is undeniably cute, but not destined to become a Christmas classic. Nevertheless, children will love it.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

December 4, 2013

Total Film

A gleeful, cracked fairytale.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 4, 2013
Jason Caro
Radio Times

Dressed in a snug green outfit throughout and dispensing decorations, sugary snacks and a beaming grin, Ferrell is the life and soul of an otherwise unexceptional Christmas celebration.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

It would be Scrooge-like to say mean things about the innocuous Elf, so I'll just point out that director Jon Favreau's film rarely reaches its full comic potential.

Full Review Source: People Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 4, 2013
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

December 4, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A-

December 8, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

The third act's a little clumsy, but Elf brings the Christmas cheer and loads of laughs.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 8/10

November 18, 2010
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

August 31, 2010
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant

A family-friendly, funny and heartwarming holiday film with a great heart that is well worth watching more than once.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 5/5

January 27, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Elf might be the last modern Christmas classic we see for a long time.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 16, 2008
Richard Luck
Film4

The sentiment gets a little sticky towards the end, but many will consider this the perfect antidote to traditional Christmas fare -- especially those with a fondness for Ferrell's comedy.

Full Review Source: Film4

December 5, 2008
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Delivers a warm, feel-good Christmas ending that will inspire the hope that even New York City can have Christmas spirit -- at least of the Hollywood kind.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B-

October 29, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Most will relate to its Christmas spirit, and there's unlikely to be a dry eye in the house during the emotional climax.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

[An] amusing, sweet-natured ode to retro-Christmas warmth and cheer...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Mark Kermode
Guardian

The result is a turkey.

Full Review Source: Guardian

November 27, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 27, 2007
Kam Williams
Afro-American

A delightful, slapstick adventure about a na´ve innocent, woefully ill equipped to handle the rigors of life inside any impatiently unforgiving metropolis.

| Original Score: 4/4

May 25, 2007
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