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Elf Reviews

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Vic Holtreman
January 27, 2010
A family-friendly, funny and heartwarming holiday film with a great heart that is well worth watching more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
December 16, 2008
Elf might be the last modern Christmas classic we see for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Richard Luck
December 5, 2008
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.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: B-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Most will relate to its Christmas spirit, and there's unlikely to be a dry eye in the house during the emotional climax.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
[An] amusing, sweet-natured ode to retro-Christmas warmth and cheer...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
November 27, 2007
The result is a turkey.
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.
Kam Williams
May 25, 2007
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
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Ferrell's man-child invites sympathy and sniggers, making this amusing despite some flimsy plotting. Sight gags and a Santa-centred story should keep the kids happy, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Some humour might sail over the heads of the very young, but there's a higher chuckle rate for the grown-ups than much dread 'family' fare.
Jason Zingale
July 5, 2005
Elf does such a great job of winning you over early on that you'll gladly endure it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Exudes genuine holiday cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean O'Connell
November 15, 2004
For those of you with a belly laugh on your wish list, Christmas has come early this year.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
This is a family picture that everyone should enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
A charming, wholesome Christmas film with a lot of holiday spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
I love watching Ferrell do his gangly, clueless shtick, and even here, there's something inherently funny about just seeing him in a big, green elf suit. There's something inherently funny about Ferrell -- period.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
May 16, 2004
I can't believe Gnome Alone with Will Ferrell is my third favorite Christmas movie.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
Elf is no great gift, but it's cheery enough that you probably won't ask for your money back.
Edward Douglas
February 7, 2004
With that simple but solid premise, Elf begins a fun ride that combines some of the basic tenets of some of the best comedies and family films of the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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