Elf Reviews

May 9, 2019
It's a really fun holiday film.
December 11, 2018
There are few cinematic ventures that capture the Christmas spirit in such abundance and hit the Holiday target so directly on the nose.
November 27, 2018
Will Ferrell's over-the-top performance in Elf is one of the reasons why the comedy has managed to stand the test of time.
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.
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.
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.
December 14, 2014
It was all very simple, but enough to remind me just what a generous and talented performer Will Ferrell truly is.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
December 8, 2012
Feels like that rare instant Christmas classic.
September 7, 2011
A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.
November 18, 2010
The third act's a little clumsy, but Elf brings the Christmas cheer and loads of laughs.