Elf

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Elf Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A feather-light motion picture that embraces the Christmas spirit, but, in the process, forgets that it's trying to be a comedy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 4, 2003
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

There's not an ounce of meat in this Christmas ham - it's just the usual hollow holiday hype from Hollywood.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C-

November 6, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's a clumsy, tedious ride that wears out its welcome as it wears out the seat of your pants and the circulation in your lower limbs.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 7, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Christmas candy should never be this stale... especially so early in the season.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C-

November 7, 2003
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A small-minded, often unfunny Christmas movie made out of spiteful consideration for audiences' money-spending powers . . . sugary, dross-covered crap.

December 1, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Its message is unobjectionable, and there are a few laughs to be had, but too much of Elf is like Buddy's favorite meals: syrupy sweet.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Like a tacky Wal-Mart sweatshirt bedecked with sequined snowmen... Elf is a Christmas tchotchke.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 7, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A Saturday Night Live skit that goes on too long, a one-joke movie that's funny for a while but wears out its welcome.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2003
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

If you're one of those fussy filmgoers who demands that a movie engage somewhat higher body parts -- the heart, say, and the brain -- you'll find only intermittent comfort and joy in this high-concept, low-wattage film.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

November 7, 2003
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A resounding success in the laugh department, but it tries to warm hearts as well, and eventually collapses under the weight of its own sugarplum schmaltz.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

November 7, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

There is one joke here, and it is particularly loud.

| Original Score: C+

November 13, 2003
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Offensive instances of product placement put the lie to the idea that 'Elf' is more interested in promoting Christmas cheer than in collecting Christmas coin...

| Original Score: 2/4

December 5, 2003
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Ferrell's insane performance almost saves the show.

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

November 1, 2003
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com

While the idea behind Elf may be gleefully outlandish, unfortunately this holiday comedy fails to take full advantage of its own absurdity.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2003
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
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Leaves a sour taste in the mouth and a Grinch-like resolve to sue the manufacturer.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 7, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Buddy the elf, like high school killers Eric and Alex, feels that he doesn’t fit in.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 2/4

November 12, 2003
Geoffrey Kleinman
DVDTalk.com

It's very difficult to recommend Elf

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2003
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

If we were ready to crown Ferrell a comedy king, we might want to reschedule the coronation.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2003
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