ElfBuddy is a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family.
Actors of "Elf"
Characters of "Elf"
Directors of "Elf"
Jon FavreauBirthdate: 19 October 1966, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Creators of "Elf"
Critic Reviews of "Elf"
NewsweekDecember 14, 2014
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.
Associated PressDecember 04, 2013
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.
AV ClubDecember 04, 2013
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.
Entertainment WeeklySeptember 07, 2011
A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.
Chicago ReaderNovember 27, 2007
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.
Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
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.
London Evening StandardDecember 14, 2014
While his plotting may leave a little to be desired, Favreau directs with speed, humour and efficiency.
Tulsa WorldDecember 14, 2014
Raise a glass of cheer to Ferrell and Favreau. They might not have created a full-scale holiday classic here, but they've certainly given us a fresh, sparkly new bauble to hang on our perennial tree.
Florida Times-UnionDecember 14, 2014
Will Ferrell has the ability to turn those wide eyes and that big body into a potent comic weapon, so Elf gets a good number of laughs from his complete, innocent abandonment to his role as a lummox-size elf.
Triple JDecember 14, 2014
It was all very simple, but enough to remind me just what a generous and talented performer Will Ferrell truly is.
Screen InternationalDecember 13, 2014
Elf is a Christmas comedy that's as sweet-natured and goofily amusing as its title character.
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