Elf Reviews

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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 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.
September 7, 2011
A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.
November 27, 2007
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.
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.
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.
January 15, 2004
With a little tweaking, this could be a horror film.
November 18, 2003
It's a bracingly subversive story told with tongue firmly in cheek.
November 8, 2003
A movie made by people who really have their thinking caps on.
November 7, 2003
Ferrell's stone-stupid sincerity keeps the action moving and irresistible, despite its familiarity.
November 7, 2003
Thanks to Ferrell, it's a tolerably sweet holiday treat.
November 7, 2003
Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic.
November 7, 2003
It's Ferrell's untethered turn as Buddy that makes Elf sparkle.
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 7, 2003
A pleasantly old-fashioned, gee-whillikers Yuletide confection rescued from Schmaltz-ville by the subversive comic talents of Will Ferrell.
November 7, 2003
As an original family film for the holidays, it's fresh, timely and quite funny.
November 7, 2003
Say hello, kiddies, to the first big-hearted flick of the season. Time's up, so say goodbye and, be polite now, try to hide your mild disappointment.
November 7, 2003
You'll laugh hard, you'll laugh often, and you'll leave wishing you still believed in Santa.
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