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Fred Claus Reviews

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 29, 2007
This is one of those flicks that attempts to appeal to adults at a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, more salacious level while keeping the kids happy. It never really works.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Total Film
November 29, 2007
More no no no than ho ho ho, Vince Vaughn's crime against cinema is a worthy winner of this year's Deck The Halls prize for least welcome Christmas present. Make no mistake: Fred Claus is the real Bad Santa.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
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
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
November 28, 2007
It creates a seasonal glow, but inconsistencies keep Fred Claus off the 'Nice' list this Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 27, 2007
What seems like fertile comedy territory turns out to be as barren as the North Pole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Ferraro
November 26, 2007
While it tries to bring a new premise into the mix (Santa Claus has a cranky older brother), the result is just as humorless and stale as the Tim Allen's The Santa Clause trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Prairie Miller
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
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
November 21, 2007
Watching this kind of talent forced to muddle through this minefield of tired and embarrassing jokes is almost enough to make you reject the baby Jesus altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 17, 2007
A great cast fights a losing battle against moldy Christmas movie material in the holiday comedy Fred Claus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
November 17, 2007
A neat idea badly executed. Early in the film, there are some funny bits, but by the end, the narrative completely loses its way. Without the weight of the personalities involved, the film would be quickly forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 16, 2007
Vaughn is a funny guy in the right vehicle. This isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 15, 2007
Reindeer roadkill.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Mark Ramsey
November 15, 2007
Look! It's the inevitable dance sequence where Vince teaches all the elves the lessons of Footloose, because if there's one thing you need on the toy assembly line, it's 'jazz hands.'
Full Review | Original Score: F
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 14, 2007
A soulless concoction that's a joy-sinkhole for the whole family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Cynthia Fuchs
November 14, 2007
What is Ludacris doing in this movie?
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 13, 2007
While the movie is often undeniably amusing, it's rarely funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 13, 2007's the annual average holiday "family" film.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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