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Elf Reviews

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November 4, 2003
A feather-light motion picture that embraces the Christmas spirit, but, in the process, forgets that it's trying to be a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2003
Cute and funny in parts, Elf should have been more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2003
There's not an ounce of meat in this Christmas ham - it's just the usual hollow holiday hype from Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 7, 2003
It's a clumsy, tedious ride that wears out its welcome as it wears out the seat of your pants and the circulation in your lower limbs.
November 7, 2003
Christmas candy should never be this stale... especially so early in the season.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 1, 2003
A small-minded, often unfunny Christmas movie made out of spiteful consideration for audiences' money-spending powers . . . sugary, dross-covered crap.
November 6, 2003
Its message is unobjectionable, and there are a few laughs to be had, but too much of Elf is like Buddy's favorite meals: syrupy sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2003
Like a tacky Wal-Mart sweatshirt bedecked with sequined snowmen... Elf is a Christmas tchotchke.
November 6, 2003
A Saturday Night Live skit that goes on too long, a one-joke movie that's funny for a while but wears out its welcome.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2003
If you're one of those fussy filmgoers who demands that a movie engage somewhat higher body parts -- the heart, say, and the brain -- you'll find only intermittent comfort and joy in this high-concept, low-wattage film.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 7, 2003
A resounding success in the laugh department, but it tries to warm hearts as well, and eventually collapses under the weight of its own sugarplum schmaltz.
November 13, 2003
There is one joke here, and it is particularly loud.
| Original Score: C+
November 27, 2007
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.
December 5, 2003
Offensive instances of product placement put the lie to the idea that 'Elf' is more interested in promoting Christmas cheer than in collecting Christmas coin...
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2003
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Ferrell's insane performance almost saves the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2003
While the idea behind Elf may be gleefully outlandish, unfortunately this holiday comedy fails to take full advantage of its own absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
November 7, 2003
Leaves a sour taste in the mouth and a Grinch-like resolve to sue the manufacturer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 12, 2003
Buddy the elf, like high school killers Eric and Alex, feels that he doesn’t fit in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2003
It's very difficult to recommend Elf
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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