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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. 80
    How many human beings among us are capable of making a comedy with wit and intelligence that also takes bold pleasure in unabashed silliness? I think this is what happens when you let an elf loose with a movie camera.
  3. Pays homage to a sack of Christmas movies, from the department store Claus of "Miracle on 34th Street" to a standing-on-the-bridge-contemplating-suicide moment, a la "It's a Wonderful Life."
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    70
    If you’re not a fan of Will Ferrell, you ain't gonna like this film. But if you think he's funny and you don't mind a sappy ending, this is a decent holiday flick.
  5. A charming, silly family Christmas movie more likely to spread real joy than migraine, indigestion and sugar shock. The movie succeeds because it at once restrains its sticky, gooey good cheer and wildly overdoes it.
  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: 55 out of 62
  2. Negative: 4 out of 62
  1. Candy
    Nov 26, 2007
    10
    This is one of the most hilarious Christmas classics ever written. I absolutely loved every minute of it. It was also a movie that kids, This is one of the most hilarious Christmas classics ever written. I absolutely loved every minute of it. It was also a movie that kids, teens,and parents will all enjoy! Expand
  2. Dec 11, 2013
    10
    I love Elf. It is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies. The jokes are hilarious!!! Will Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf so well. ThisI 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)
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  3. 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. Collapse
  4. Dec 15, 2013
    8
    Elf is one of those movies that is made or lost by the strength of its lead. Luckily, Will Ferrell plays the role of Buddy with so much energyElf is one of those movies that is made or lost by the strength of its lead. Luckily, Will Ferrell plays the role of Buddy with so much energy and passion it's impossible not to like him. While the supporting cast is bland and some scenes fall flat, Elf is an instant holiday classic due to its jokes, which almost always hit bulls-eyes, it's innocent premise, and the warm fuzzy feeling that a good Christmas movie provides.

    8.3/10

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  5. Dec 18, 2014
    7
    The movie is predictable but he has his laughs.Will Ferrell is really good in his role of a human adopted by elfs who returns in theThe movie is predictable but he has his laughs.Will Ferrell is really good in his role of a human adopted by elfs who returns in the city.Zooey Deschannel is good but not REALLY good in her role.The humour is childish and the special effects are bad but it's watchable. Expand
  6. Mike
    Dec 25, 2006
    7
    Very enjoyable, funny at alot of moments. But the ending falls apart.
  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 theThis 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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