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Elf (2003)

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Jon Favreau

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About the Movie

One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father…who's on Santa's "naughty" list, a new mother and a 10-year-old brother who doesn't believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny…to save Christmas for New York and the world! Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Will Ferrell ("Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," TV's "Saturday Night Live"), Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee James Caan ("The Godfather," "Funny Lady"), Golden Globe-winner and Emmy Award-nominee Bob Newhart (TV's "Newhart," "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde"), Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Edward Asner (TV's "Lou Grant," "JFK"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Mary Steenburgen ("The Brave One," "Melvin and Howard") and Zooey Deschanel ("Almost Famous," "Failure to Launch").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 189
  • Fresh: 158
  • Rotten: 31
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A disarmingly funny holiday comedy. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 5, 2012

Fresh: A movie made by people who really have their thinking caps on. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Dec 4, 2013

Fresh: 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. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Dec 14, 2014

Rotten: The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Dec 4, 2013

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Customer Reviews


I watched this movie it is awesome.

For Your Inner Child

We watch this movie every year on Christmas Eve. I can not think of a better movie to put you in the Christmas spirit. Will Ferrell at his best. I normally prefer dark comedies or movies with an edge, but I can't help loving this film. It's truly magical. Just enjoy it.

Great movie

Will Ferrell plays it so straight you almost believe him. I real 'feel good' bit of family fun.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2003

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