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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. 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
  2. Jan 1, 2014
    Despite having the best interpretation of the North Pole I've seen in recent films, Fred Claus fails to be the Christmas great it could have been thanks to the terrible humour. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2013
    Fred Claus is just an all together not funny at all film. Vince Vaughn already not being funny in anything else besides Wedding Crashers provides a horrible performance as usual, Giamatti on the other hand shows how much he tries and yet he's still grabbed into the abyss by this awful, stinky, no-good comedy with a horrible cast as well. Expand

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