Fred Claus

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Released 2007

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Director:
David Dobkin
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG
This is a story you've never heard before, a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about Fred Claus, Santa's brother - and complete opposite. After growing up in saintly Nick's shadow, Fred becomes a grouch who's lost his belief in Christmas. Then, one magical December, Fred flies north (first class via reindeer) to find brother Nick is in trouble: a scheming efficiency expert is out to shut down Christmas forever! Expect fun by the sleighful as Fred helps save Christmas and rediscovers the gift of family. Join Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Kevin Spacey and more in a yuletide treat to enjoy for years to come.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The sweetest thing about Fred Claus is that the message about filial love feels genuine. I wouldn't have expected that watching Giamatti tell Vaughn, "You're the best big brother a...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Neither here nor there, the film is "Elf" without the goofy jokes, Will Ferrell or heart, "Bad Santa" without the smut, Billy Bob Thornton or spleen.

  • 40

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Alternates between unpleasantness and Hallmark-sweet sappiness.

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    Comedy

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    Family Comedies, christmas, campy, embarrassing family members, ruined christmas