Fred Claus

Fred Claus

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Fred Claus
The congenial Vince Vaughn plays Fred Claus, Santa's bitter older brother, as he is forced to help his brother at the North Pole in the busy pre-Christmas season to work off a debt.

Meanwhile, Santa (Paul Giamatti) and Mrs Claus (Miranda Richardson) and getting audited by an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) who plans to shut down Santa's shop.
2007Rating: PG, medium level violence115 minsUSA
Director:
Dave Dobkin ('Wedding Crashers', 'Shanghai Knights')
Writer:
Dan Fogelman
Cast:
Vince VaughnPaul GiamattiKevin SpaceyMiranda RichardsonKathy Bates
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Variety

Variety

press

The burden of having a famous sibling seems fraught with comedic possibilities, but whatever potential existed has been squandered and then some in Fred Claus, dumping coal into everyone’s holiday stocking.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Vince Vaughn as Santa's black-sheep older brother. That sounded funny enough. But Fred Claus is a complete bust, derivative and uninspired, boring and dull, not funny, not moving and about a half hour too long. It makes a beeline for mawkishness at every turn, but all its emotions are unearned and false. This is just plain bad.

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Salon

Salon

press

Even though Vaughn knows how to build a pretty good performance out of little more than exasperated eye-rolling, he's just coasting here, and his scenes with Giamatti have no weight and no energy. There's some mild excitement when the two goad each other into a rambunctious snowball fight, but even that sequence devolves into listless, sloppy slapstick.

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Silly, heartwarming, and fun, director David Dobkin's new spin on the Santa tale is a great way to spend a decidedly PG-rated afternoon.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A good idea but too long and not very funny...

2.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A good idea but too long and not very funny...

2.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

You can practically smell the disaster and inevitable schmaltzy last-minute redemption coming in this by-the-books screenplay. Despite an interesting cast that also includes Kathy Bates, Trevor Peacock, Ludacris, and Elizabeth Banks, it's not merry...

2.0
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Variety

Variety

press

The burden of having a famous sibling seems fraught with comedic possibilities, but whatever potential existed has been squandered and then some in Fred Claus, dumping coal into everyone’s holiday stocking.

0
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Vince Vaughn as Santa's black-sheep older brother. That sounded funny enough. But Fred Claus is a complete bust, derivative and uninspired, boring and dull, not funny, not moving and about a half hour too long. It makes a beeline for mawkishness at every turn, but all its emotions are unearned and false. This is just plain bad.

0
Salon

Salon

press

Even though Vaughn knows how to build a pretty good performance out of little more than exasperated eye-rolling, he's just coasting here, and his scenes with Giamatti have no weight and no energy. There's some mild excitement when the two goad each other into a rambunctious snowball fight, but even that sequence devolves into listless, sloppy slapstick.

0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Silly, heartwarming, and fun, director David Dobkin's new spin on the Santa tale is a great way to spend a decidedly PG-rated afternoon.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A good idea but too long and not very funny...

2.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A good idea but too long and not very funny...

2.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

You can practically smell the disaster and inevitable schmaltzy last-minute redemption coming in this by-the-books screenplay. Despite an interesting cast that also includes Kathy Bates, Trevor Peacock, Ludacris, and Elizabeth Banks, it's not merry...

2.0
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