A movie full of Yuletide cheer, Elf is a spirited, good-natured family comedy, and it benefits greatly from Will Ferrell's funny and charming performance as one of Santa's biggest helpers.
While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.Read full article
Ferrell is a hoot. So is much of this witty holiday family entertainment, which, up until the end, when the "true spirit of Christmas" must be reaffirmed, happily favors slapstick over treacle.Read full article
Sure, Elf feels a little too feel-good at the end, but what do you expect? It's a Christmas movie! Anything else would be the cinematic equivalent of finding coal in your stocking.Read full article
The cast wrings laughs out of David Berenbaum's script as if it were a damp washcloth, but even they have trouble selling frenetic button-pushing as the Christmas spirit.Read full article
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.Read full article
Simplicity. Goodness. Sugar-coated. Nostalgic. Maybe a little hokey at times. Endearing. Enchanting. Go celebrate Christmas a little early with Elf -- a new Christmas classic for the 21st century.Read full article
There are few cinematic ventures that capture the Christmas spirit in such abundance and hit the Holiday target so directly on the nose.Read full article