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Elf Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 7, 2003
Cute and funny in parts, Elf should have been more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
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-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 7, 2003
Christmas candy should never be this stale... especially so early in the season.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
A small-minded, often unfunny Christmas movie made out of spiteful consideration for audiences' money-spending powers . . . sugary, dross-covered crap.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 7, 2003
Like a tacky Wal-Mart sweatshirt bedecked with sequined snowmen... Elf is a Christmas tchotchke.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
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.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
November 13, 2003
There is one joke here, and it is particularly loud.
| Original Score: C+
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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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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...
| Original Score: 2/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
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
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
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
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
Geoffrey Kleinman
DVDTalk.com
November 4, 2003
It's very difficult to recommend Elf
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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