Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
Watch On
  1. 60
    The cast wrings laughs out of David Berenbaum's script as if it were a damp washcloth.
  2. 60
    While the picture doesn't rise to the level of instant holiday classic, younger members of the audience are guaranteed to get a Christmas kick out of it. If disappointment awaits, it awaits Ferrell's older fans.
  3. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    60
    The gags swing between mildly inventive and screamingly obvious, but even the latter are performed and timed well enough to draw a laugh.
  4. 58
    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.
  5. 50
    Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words, there's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play. Director Jon Favreau has the good sense to just stand out of his way.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    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.
  7. 50
    The film is soon bogged down by fake hugs and a faker climax.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    40
    Works best as a rapid-fire series of sight gags and absurd remarks.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 194 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 63
  2. Negative: 4 out of 63
  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 elfGREAT 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2011
    5
    Will Ferrell gave a funny performance in this movie. However, the story seems WAY too shallow, and, overall, it's not a very funny movie.Will Ferrell gave a funny performance in this movie. However, the story seems WAY too shallow, and, overall, it's not a very funny movie. You'd be better off watching one of the older, more superior Christmas movies like Jingle All The Way and A Christmas Story. Full Review »
  3. Dec 18, 2010
    9
    Loved it. Christmas movies usually disappoint me, but this one, this one was actually good. The characters are well developed, the plot isLoved it. Christmas movies usually disappoint me, but this one, this one was actually good. The characters are well developed, the plot is interesting and Will Farrell and Zooey Deschanel make it even better. Very good movie. Full Review »