Elf - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Elf Reviews

Page 1 of 10
Joel Siegel
Good Morning America
November 30, 2015
Families have discovered how funny and how well this little film tells its King-sized holiday message: the only size that counts is how big your heart is.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Neil Norman
London Evening Standard
December 14, 2014
While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.
Top Critic
David Ansen
December 14, 2014
Ferrell is a hoot. So is much of this witty holiday family entertainment, which, up until the end, when the "true spirit of Christmas" must be reaffirmed, happily favors slapstick over treacle.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
December 14, 2014
Raise a glass of cheer to Ferrell and Favreau. They might not have created a full-scale holiday classic here, but they've certainly given us a fresh, sparkly new bauble to hang on our perennial tree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 14, 2014
Will Ferrell has the ability to turn those wide eyes and that big body into a potent comic weapon, so Elf gets a good number of laughs from his complete, innocent abandonment to his role as a lummox-size elf.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Megan Spencer
Triple J
December 14, 2014
It was all very simple, but enough to remind me just what a generous and talented performer Will Ferrell truly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
December 13, 2014
Elf is a Christmas comedy that's as sweet-natured and goofily amusing as its title character.
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 7, 2014
required viewing during the holiday season
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eddie B. Allen Jr.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 4, 2013
All told, Elf is undeniably cute, but not destined to become a Christmas classic. Nevertheless, children will love it.

Total Film
December 4, 2013
A gleeful, cracked fairytale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Caro
Radio Times
December 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
December 4, 2013
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 4, 2013
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.
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 4, 2013
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.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 8, 2012
Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
R. L. Shaffer
November 18, 2010
The third act's a little clumsy, but Elf brings the Christmas cheer and loads of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 31, 2010
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
July 6, 2010
Elf may be no more than a pleasant, amusing trifle, a grin that fades well before Thanksgiving, but it also will endure in the way that all decent Hollywood-made Christmas fairy tales last, if they're rendered with good cheer and goodwill.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 6, 2010
Despite the narrative flaws, "Elf" is a guiltless family comedy for all audiences...
Page 1 of 10