Adopted as a baby by one of Santa's elves (Bob Newhart), a man (Will Ferrell) leaves the workshop to search for his family in New York.
" Leaves a sour taste in the mouth and a Grinch-like resolve to sue the manufacturer. "
" It's a clumsy, tedious ride that wears out its welcome as it wears out the seat of your pants and the circulation in your lower limbs. "
" A resounding success in the laugh department, but it tries to warm hearts as well, and eventually collapses under the weight of its own sugarplum schmaltz. "
" The movie sets Ferrell's assaultive and juvenile physical comedy in a less-combative playground, and the result might leave the Ferrell-intolerant exiting the theater on a high. "
" The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled. "
" As an original family film for the holidays, it's fresh, timely and quite funny. "
" Ferrell's stone-stupid sincerity keeps the action moving and irresistible, despite its familiarity. "
" I love watching Ferrell do his gangly, clueless shtick, and even here, there's something inherently funny about just seeing him in a big, green elf suit. There's something inherently funny about Ferrell -- period. "
" Some humour might sail over the heads of the very young, but there's a higher chuckle rate for the grown-ups than much dread 'family' fare. "
" A pleasantly old-fashioned, gee-whillikers Yuletide confection rescued from Schmaltz-ville by the subversive comic talents of Will Ferrell. "
" You'll laugh hard, you'll laugh often, and you'll leave wishing you still believed in Santa. "
" A disarmingly funny holiday comedy. "
" Thanks to Ferrell, it's a tolerably sweet holiday treat. "
" Say hello, kiddies, to the first big-hearted flick of the season. Time's up, so say goodbye and, be polite now, try to hide your mild disappointment. "
" The film works not only as an innocuous family movie, but also as something of a hipster's pipe dream. "
" Funny and intelligently made, a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic. "
" It's Ferrell's untethered turn as Buddy that makes Elf sparkle. "
" Falls short of a laugh riot but proves generally pleasing nonetheless. "
" Short and sweet. "
" A movie made by people who really have their thinking caps on. "
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