75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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75

Premiere

Silly, heartwarming, and fun.
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63

Chicago Tribune

Fred Claus seems a clever installment, not a seasonal classic, a buffet whose many nibbles you sample, move on and quickly forget.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Freely mixing reality therapy, fairy tale and satire, Dobkin's film does not maintain a consistent tone. Is it a seriocomedy about brothers who need to work on unfinished business? Is it a holiday fable about a Scrooge who comes to surf the yuletide? Is it a satire in which an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) puts pressure on St. Nick to outsource gift allocation and distribution?
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Yet another ho-hum family comedy hits screens this weekend -- this one in peppermint holiday flavor.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film isn't just not funny, it is off-putting.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is just plain bad - and it's a surprise.
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42 out of 100
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