"...A disarming holiday comedy....The sweet-natured outsider fantasy neither skimps on nor overplays its sentimentality..."Variety
"...ELF returns to the hip but warm-hearted spirit of SWINGERS....[With] sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun..."Los Angeles Times
"...Mr. Favreau's direction has a relaxed, swinging rhythm..."
New York Times
"...The disarming comedic tone -- silly and novel in its lack of cynicism -- is driven by the fearless, cheerful unself-consciousness of Will Ferrell..."
"...There's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play..."
"...Ferrell and Favreau have engendered enough goodwill to allow for a finale that glows like winter coals. A gleeful, cracked fairytale..."Total Film
"Will Ferrell's man-child in tights is a surprisingly affecting figure."
Sight and Sound
"This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece."Chicago Sun-Times