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Fred Claus Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 17, 2007
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 12, 2007
The movie is less ho-ho-ho than uh-oh, or oh-no.
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 9, 2007
As derivative and predictable as any of the holiday comedies of the past few years, providing audiences with at best a handful of laughs. Most of it is uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 9, 2007
It senselessly dims an idea that should shine as brightly as Rudolph's nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2007
A complete bust, derivative and uninspired, boring and dull, not funny, not moving and about a half hour too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Steven Boone
Newark Star-Ledger
November 9, 2007
The satire on globalism and downsizing is also as old as the Clinton administration, but that doesn't stop director David Dobkin from selling it like fresh goods.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 9, 2007
There is more plot in the average Geico commercial, so the movie pads itself with detours into sketch ideas that don't develop past the basic concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 9, 2007
About as funny as a sack of coal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2007
The movie's constantly shifting timbre takes some getting used to, and it's hard to escape the feeling that a whole lot of actors (Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Miranda Richardson) are wasted in a whole lot of roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 9, 2007
An amiable but awkward Christmas bauble that depends too much on charm substituting for timing.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 9, 2007
The eggnog quickly turns sour as the movie alternates between moments both heartwarming and bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2007
Like so many secular, big-studio Christmas comedies, this isn't naughty enough to be funny or nice enough to be uplifting.
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 9, 2007
Freely mixing reality therapy, fairy tale and satire, Dobkin's film does not maintain a consistent tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2007
Fred Claus ends up closer in spirit to Eugene O'Neill than it is to Dr. Seuss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 9, 2007
Fred Claus is a tacky would-be comedy about family dysfunction that fronts some Scrooge attitude only to dissolve into slobbering sentimentality and canned uplift.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2007
[Fred Claus] has apparently studied Elf and figured out everything that could have gone wrong with its fish-out-of-water Christmas fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 8, 2007
Even though Vaughn knows how to build a pretty good performance out of little more than exasperated eye-rolling, he's just coasting here, and his scenes with Giamatti have no weight and no energy.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 8, 2007
Bah. Humbug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 8, 2007
This movie takes a good thing and runs it deep into the ground, leaving behind a frothy trail of sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 8, 2007
If you must haul the kids to yet another annual (per)version of A Christmas Carol, you could do a lot worse than this cheeky, modestly edgy caper from Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and screenwriter Dan Fogelman.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 8, 2007
Re-teaming with Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, Vince Vaughn plays the eponymous character, Santa's crankier and considerably less charitable older brother, while doing all the riffing his PG straitjacket will allow.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 8, 2007
An insipid Christmas comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2007
Fred Claus seems a clever installment, not a seasonal classic, a buffet whose many nibbles you sample, move on and quickly forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 8, 2007
Vaughn's con-man jive doesn't get much play in this one; he spends most of his time as a bitter creep, and the writing (by Dan Fogelman) isn't sharp enough to make the hipster-at-the-North-Pole theme pay off in any meaningful way.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 8, 2007
The film's multitude of flaws might be more easily forgiven if the movie didn't overstay its welcome by at least a half-hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 7, 2007
Veers awkwardly from shrill, slapsticky physical humour to diabolical meanness (courtesy of Spacey as an efficiency expert) to reheated, snuggly sentiments about the importance of love and family.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 7, 2007
Constructed like a rattling Santa sack of stocking stuffers, most of them plastic, doled out with little confidence about what adults want from a jingle-bell comedy (we want Elf!), and even less about what engages a kid (they want Elf!).
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 6, 2007
With Santa Claus movies like Fred Claus, who needs Ebenezer Scrooge?
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
November 6, 2007
The exceptional cast -- Vaughn, Giamatti, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey, Rachel Weisz -- is an embarrassment of riches for a script this thin and this beholden to family-fare protocol, with its mushy-minded moral and slick sentimentality.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
November 6, 2007
The burden of having a famous sibling seems fraught with comedic possibilities, but whatever potential existed has been squandered and then some in Fred Claus, dumping coal into everyone's holiday stocking.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 12, 2007
Not a flake on the ground and we already have our first lump of coal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6