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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
    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: 52 out of 59
  2. Negative: 4 out of 59
  1. Jan 14, 2012
    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. Nov 28, 2012
    Possessing what might just be Will Ferrell's greatest performance, "Elf" is an irresistibly adorable comedy, stuffed to the gills with hilarious holiday cheer and affecting human pathos. Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    I love Elf. It is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies. The jokes are hilarious!!! Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf so well. This movie is also a great family movie. I also get a lot of nostalgia from watching this movie.

    Acting: 9.5
    Jokes: 10

    Total: 9.75 (rounding it to 10)
  4. Dec 21, 2012
    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
    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
    It's good enough to entertain you so it's worth a watch.
  7. Dec 25, 2011
    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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