Its message is unobjectionable, and there are a few laughs to be had, but too much of Elf is like Buddy's favorite meals: syrupy sweet. Full Review
The New York Times
A charming, silly family Christmas movie more likely to spread real joy than migraine, indigestion and sugar shock. The movie succeeds because it at once restrains its sticky, gooey good cheer and wildly overdoes it. Full Review
Will Ferrell graduates to his first solo leading role with flying colors in Elf, a disarming holiday comedy about a clueless innocent who saves Christmas and fosters a renewed sense of family in his reluctant father. Full Review
Ferrell provides just enough humor to get us through the familiar fare and enjoy the ride. Full Review
More likely to end up on the snow pile of forgettable Christmas-themed movies than in the vault of memorable ones.