Elf Synopsis
A man (Will Ferrell) leaves Santa's workshop to search for his family.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's a terrific movie, smart and funny enough to hold up at any time of year.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The disarming comedic tone -- silly and novel in its lack of cynicism -- is driven by the fearless, cheerful unself-consciousness of Will...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
While the words "instant holiday classic" might be pushing it, Elf is at the very least a breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Pays homage to a sack of Christmas movies, from the department store Claus of "Miracle on 34th Street" to a...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A non-sappy and genuinely adorable confection. It wiped away the Scrooge in me for 90 enchanting minutes.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic...Elf stays perfectly in balance, a pleasure...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie sets Ferrell's assaultive and juvenile physical comedy in a less-combative playground, and the result might leave the...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words, there's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Its message is unobjectionable, and there are a few laughs to be had, but too much of Elf is like Buddy's favorite meals: syrupy sweet.
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Greatest movie ever

By haley823
Fandango fans, Elf Is the best Christmas humor movie. If you havent seen this movie I hope you enjoy it and the thing you need to remember is that Buddy the Elf loves sugar. I hope you find this...

Everyone will enjoy this movie

By city cinemas fan
Will Ferell is a great actor for any age groups. He can do adult films like step brothers and semi pro,he can do teen films like taledega nights and then he can do kids like elf. Anyways this movie...

Favorite Holiday Film

By Jlazo19
So many great quotes and moments!...

Buddy the Elf

By Jack_Bauer_007
This should always be remembered as one of the best Christmas movies . . . ever. I'm 16, I've seen it upwards of three times, and yet I still laugh constantly throughout it. Will Ferrell is at his...

Youll Love It!!!!!!

By supertroup
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ELF-OBSESSED

By Rhino28
Ive watched this movie like 423 times! It so funny and the story line was really thought out well! Will Ferrel, Ed Asner, James Caan and Bob Newhart are hilarious in this chirstmas spirited movie....

Funniest Christmas movie ever!

By Ariiman123
This, and A Christmas Story are the two funniest Christmas movies out there!...

really?

By justinkempton
an old movie catered to will ferrel fans. if you do not care for his comedic style don't bother. if you like his movies then definetly go!...

By zaiahcreeper12
Funny...

Five Word Review

By Mojo Brian
Will Ferrell Kicks Christmas Ass...

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Rated PG | For Some Mild Rude Humor and Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.
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