Elf

Elf

Elf

Christmas family-comedy from star Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau. Tells the tale of young Buddy (Ferrell) who, as a child, falls into Santa's sack on Christmas Eve and is accidentally taken to the North Pole. There, he is raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers, but as he grows into a man, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad (James Caan), but doesn't expect to find love in the form of a department store employee (Zooey Deschanel).

2003Rating: PG97 minsUSA
ComedyKids & FamilyFantasy

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Reviews & comments

Total Film

Total Film

press

A gleeful, cracked fairytale.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A charming, silly family Christmas movie more likely to spread real joy than migraine, indigestion and sugar shock.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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 mantelpiece.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Ferrell's man-child invites sympathy and sniggers, making this amusing despite some flimsy plotting. Sight gags and a Santa-centred story should keep the kids happy, too.

4.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A gleeful, cracked fairytale.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A charming, silly family Christmas movie more likely to spread real joy than migraine, indigestion and sugar shock.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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 mantelpiece.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Ferrell's man-child invites sympathy and sniggers, making this amusing despite some flimsy plotting. Sight gags and a Santa-centred story should keep the kids happy, too.

4.0

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