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Elf Reviews

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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+
December 14, 2014
While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.
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.
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
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
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
December 13, 2014
Elf is a Christmas comedy that's as sweet-natured and goofily amusing as its title character.
January 7, 2014
required viewing during the holiday season
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2013
All told, Elf is undeniably cute, but not destined to become a Christmas classic. Nevertheless, children will love it.
December 4, 2013
A gleeful, cracked fairytale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
December 8, 2012
Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 7, 2011
A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
August 31, 2010
Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
July 6, 2010
Despite the narrative flaws, "Elf" is a guiltless family comedy for all audiences...
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
December 16, 2008
Elf might be the last modern Christmas classic we see for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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