Fred Claus Synopsis
Santa's bitter brother is forced to move to the North Pole.
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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....
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Silly, heartwarming, and fun.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

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

By Mick LaSalle
This is just plain bad - and it's a surprise.
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Just saw the Chicago Premier

By naanders
I'm not a huge fan of Christmas movies and was very skeptical of this film. Vince Vaughn, kind of adult humor, and Christmas? I got invited, and honestly I'm glad that I went. Not an Oscar...

Five Word Review

By redyeah
Awful, Vince Vaughn was awful....

Fred Claus Is a Hit~

By Lucky Panda 365
Laugh all day when you watch Fred Claus, it's a must see, Bad reviewers lie! I almost died of laughter, and it had a nice cute funny little story to go with the laughs! A must-see movie for all...

Okay for adults, GREAT for kids

By alligate27
okay for adults , great for kids so shut up davis shaw1 he has bad taste...

Must See!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Anna 11
I loved this movie. Amazing for Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go see it tonight!!!!!!!!...

Best Holiday Movie in a While..

By rlschapiro
Fred Claus was extremely funny and not a just another santa movie. I was a movie about brothers and thier relationship. I was laughing by the first word of the movie and all the way through...a must...


By greenieblade
i'm sad to say that this movie that i thought would suck, is actually even worse than i thought it would be. don't waste your money on this movie. it doesn't even deserve to be in walmarts classical...

All Vaughn.

By Daydream
I didnt expect much from this movie and was suprised to see Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz, but even with its strong cast this movie didnt cut it for me. Vince Vaughn carried the entire movie being his...


By missymartini
Watching the trailer I absolutely Loved this movie.. You have Great people in it.. It made me feel like a kid again and all the Joy Christmas brings all the memories and all those yet to celebrate.....


By poopeepoop
I peepeed myself laughing....

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Rated PG | For mild language and some rude humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Holiday comedy's no classic, but it's OK for kids.
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