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Universal acclaim- based on 319 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 319

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  1. Apr 30, 2011
    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.
  2. DennisP.
    Dec 12, 2004
    Despite the contrived ending, this movie was suprisingly enjoyable.
  3. AdamL.
    Jan 14, 2005
    This movie has few funny moments, but I grow tired of Will Ferrell and his obnoxious antics.
  4. Dec 31, 2014
    Elf is a decent Christmas movie for children. It has a good amount of Christmas cheer and a fair few laughs. A little bit more of Ferrell insanity would have been more appreciated, though.
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    Without a doubt, Will Ferrell's finest effort to date. There are warm moments but not enough to necessarily make this one a Christmas-classic. Regardless, you're bound to smile at least once or twice.
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    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.
  7. Nov 12, 2013
    Elf is decorated with spirit.
    Elf is simply a fun loving and heart warming comical film about a man raised as an Elf who searches for his biological father. The movie succeeds with its one-liners and quarks to make a good holiday film.

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
    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.