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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 130

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  1. 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.
  2. Jan 7, 2013
    4
    Elf is a sad piece of material. Will Ferell does his best to save the movie but becomes extremely annoying with his tactics. A childish, stupid movie with a few laughs here and there.
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    3
    Will ferrel is a funny in anchorman and the campaign . but this movie stinks . it is funny but it is gay like turbo the snail and free birds . it is the Christmas movie i have ever seen
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64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    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.
  2. 63
    More likely to end up on the snow pile of forgettable Christmas-themed movies than in the vault of memorable ones.
  3. 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.