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  • Summary: Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but he could never live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas, who was just a perfect...well...Saint. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a repo man who then steals what he repossesses. Now Fred's dirty dealings have landed him in jail. Over Mrs. Claus' objections, Nicholas agrees to bail out his big brother on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and work off his debt making toys. The trouble is, Fred isn't exactly elf material--and with Christmas fast approaching, this one bad seed could jeopardize the jolliest holiday of the year. Has Fred finally pushed his little brother to the brink? This time, what Fred may have stolen is Christmas itself, and it's going to take more than Rudolph to set things right. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. 75
    Fred Claus sells you something you didn't know you wanted: a Vince Vaughn Christmas movie. Vaughn is not the hook. Neither is the holiday. The script, by Dan Fogelman, is smarter than that.
  2. 70
    Deftly blending disrespect and good nature, Fred Claus is a gas.
  3. 50
    Like so many secular, big-studio Christmas comedies, this isn't naughty enough to be funny or nice enough to be uplifting; it's just an ugly sweater from a distant relative, thoughtlessly sent and destined to be thrown away.
  4. 50
    The movie wants to be good-hearted but is somehow sort of grudging. It should have gone all the way. I think Fred Claus should have been meaner if he was going to be funnier, and Santa should have been up to something nefarious, instead of the jolly old ho-ho-ho routine.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Alternates between unpleasantness and Hallmark-sweet sappiness.
  6. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    It creates a seasonal glow, but inconsistencies keep Fred Claus off the ‘Nice’ list this Christmas.
  7. 12
    Not like a lump of coal in your stocking. Coal is useful; you can burn it. This movie is more like a lump of something Blitzen left behind after eating a lot of Mexican food.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 12 out of 28
  1. StanB.
    Dec 26, 2007
    Great holiday movie. The scrooges who are looking for another "It's a Wonderful Life" need to look elsewhere.
  2. BobA
    Dec 15, 2007
    I really enjoyed this movie much more than I expected. It was very funny, I found myself laughing often. It's Christmas time..people need to lighten up a little...this movie will help. Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Jan 8, 2008
    When will it occur to Wanda(Rachel Weisz) that she's dating a man who is eternal, like a vampire? According to the narrator of the origin story, the Claus family stopped aging, and if the Santa Claus myth came of age during the nineteenth century, that makes Fred at least two centuries old. Shackled by the need to deliver a "family-friendly" movie, "Fred Claus" conceals the nefarious side of Nick(Paul Giamatti), who is a vampire in the business sense of the word(sucking the blood of the working class; the elves), and is probably having an affair with Charlene(Elizabeth Banks). When the two brothers engage in a tussle, you'll wish it was fisticuffs, and that edgy actors like Vince Vaughn and Giamatti had the freedom to hurl some expletives instead of snowballs at each other. Santa's toy factory and village is a forced labor camp. "Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus," as the song goes, sounds like a veiled threat. Santa instructs his DJ(Ludacris) to play this song repeatedly because it's used as a form of mind control. Against their will, the elves need to meet their yearly quota. In the Nazi labour camps, women were employed to organize the Jewish children. In this light, take a closer look at Charlene and her control over the "little people"("midget" is a slur, I'm told). Actually, "Fred. Expand
  4. May 26, 2013
    The film is much too long, but the film has a surprising amount of heart and some good actors; the combination makes Fred Claus an entertaining holiday movie. Expand
  5. JimH.
    Dec 9, 2007
    Vince Vaughn is NOT funny. This is a Christmas movie gone bad. He is not cut our for childrens movies. Save your money or go to a different movie.
  6. AaronN.
    Jul 20, 2008
    Would it be that sad for this to be comedy and not date? Cause that is where this movie comes by as...
  7. AndyL.
    Nov 8, 2007
    What a piece of sh*t.

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