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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 theFred 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 9 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Laura Repstad
    75
    Silly, heartwarming, and fun.
  2. 70
    Deftly blending disrespect and good nature, Fred Claus is a gas.
  3. The movie has a terrible premise compounded by a lame script and the miscasting of its surfeit of talented stars. You have to wonder why Dobkin, whose last film was the hilariously raunchy "Wedding Crashers," would be attracted to this tame material.
  4. The surprisingly puny haul comes from the jolly, usually sparkling comedy workshop of David Dobkin, who directed "Wedding Crashers," and Dan Fogelman, who wrote "Cars" -- two great movies that both make better stocking stuffers.
  5. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    40
    It creates a seasonal glow, but inconsistencies keep Fred Claus off the ‘Nice’ list this Christmas.
  6. The film isn't just not funny, it is off-putting.
  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: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 12 out of 29
  1. Dec 22, 2014
    10
    This is one of the best Christmas movies ever. Full of heart and great acting from the incredible cast. Family moments are hilarious andThis is one of the best Christmas movies ever. Full of heart and great acting from the incredible cast. Family moments are hilarious and moving. The ending is the best ever. This movie is super underrated and highly recommended. Expand
  2. DavidP.
    Nov 9, 2007
    8
    A surprising movie... I expected a slapstick, irreverent slap at the long standing institution of Christmas, Santa and all things associated A surprising movie... I expected a slapstick, irreverent slap at the long standing institution of Christmas, Santa and all things associated with one of the few events that still draws people together in celebration of a common ideal. The film does justice to the concept that there is good in the world, and that giving is the central theme of Christmas. Vaughn, Giamatti and Spacey are excellent in their respective roles. As a summary... at times funny, mostly touching. A good family film and great addition to the Christmas genre. A nice surprise. Expand
  3. RebeccaP.
    Dec 15, 2007
    8
    I loved this movie! It was predictable, but really gave out a good meaning of Christmas! I watched this with my 10 year old daughter and she I loved this movie! It was predictable, but really gave out a good meaning of Christmas! I watched this with my 10 year old daughter and she was laughing the whole time! I did not think it was that funny, but she sure did! Bring your children to this, and enjoy a heart warming movie! Anyone who disliked this story that was there opinion, but this is mine! I know you will all have different opinions, but the best thing i look for while watching a movie with my family, is seeing my children happy! that is what Christmas is all about! My son who is 14 said it was good! I was happy to hear that cause since he is a teenager, he doesn't like going any where with us, but we all personally enjoyed it! Expand
  4. THW
    Nov 6, 2007
    5
    Very mediocre in every aspect. Mildly funny, mildly sentimental, mildly wasted talent... The movie is so predictable that 20 minutes into the Very mediocre in every aspect. Mildly funny, mildly sentimental, mildly wasted talent... The movie is so predictable that 20 minutes into the movie you've pretty much guessed the upcoming plot and have figured out how it will end. Every Christmas theme and dysfunctional family cliche is explored and poorly executed. There were some well behaved children in the theater watching the sneak preview with me, and they looked pretty bored as well. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2014
    3
    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 haveDespite 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
  6. MattJ.
    Nov 10, 2007
    3
    Just boring! It is simply not funny. I really wanted it to be and I tried to stay with it but it never actually took off. It is really boring!
  7. AndyL.
    Nov 8, 2007
    0
    What a piece of sh*t.

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