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Generally favorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. It's a terrific movie, smart and funny enough to hold up at any time of year.
  2. Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by David Berenbaum, Elf returns to the hip but warm-hearted spirit of "Swingers," which Favreau both wrote and starred in. It brings sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun to what could have been a moribund traditional family film.
  3. Elf, formulaic but lovable, is essentially "Big" in pointy shoes.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Will Ferrell graduates to his first solo leading role with flying colors in Elf, a disarming holiday comedy about a clueless innocent who saves Christmas and fosters a renewed sense of family in his reluctant father.
  5. 70
    Charmingly irreverent.
  6. Elf is jolly but could have been jollier, funny but could have been funnier, charming but ... well, point made.
  7. The first and possibly the last Will Ferrell star vehicle. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 57
  2. Negative: 4 out of 57
  1. Jan 14, 2012
    10
    GREAT FILM! it was funny and a perfect christmas movie to watch some parts of the movie are just too funny. Will Ferrell plays the part of elf really well. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2013
    10
    Elf, The Santa Clause, and Home Alone. Those are the three real Christmas classics since 1990. Will Ferrell's performance is so great, it's not only a kids movie, but an everybody movie. Expand
  3. Jan 14, 2013
    9
    What a great film this turned out to be! It delivered a truckload of laughs that could appeal to anyone, interesting characters, a heartwarming Christmas plot, and zany Looney Tunes-style sight gags! Overall, Elf is a must see for the Christmas season, and even any other time of the year! Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2012
    8
    Just wonderful! It has just the correct amount of comedy, emotion, and magic to make it a great Christmas movie to see year in and year out. Perfect for the holiday season. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2014
    8
    With a film like this, you can't just watch it during Christmas, but during all times of the year. Elf proves to be the best holiday comedy since Bad Santa. With both laughs and feelings that move you heart towards the screen and not to the exit. Expand
  6. Feb 9, 2011
    7
    It's good enough to entertain you so it's worth a watch.
  7. Dec 25, 2011
    0
    This movie was absolutely painful to watch. The humour is very childish - fart jokes are NOT funny. After cringing for the entire start of the movie, I ended up walking out because it was so bad. Expand

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