Fred Claus
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Fred Claus has lived almost his entire life in his little brother's very large shadow. Fred tried, but he could never live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas, who was just a perfect, well, Saint. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a repo man who then steals what he repossesses. Now Fred's dirty dealings have landed him in jail. Over Mrs. Claus's objections, Nicholas agrees to bail his big brother out on one condition: that he come to the North Pole and work off his debt making toys. The trouble is that Fred… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

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"Dobkin's film is lit up by a couple of genius scenes: first, a siblings support-group attended by Frank Stallone, Stephen Baldwin and Roger Clinton; second, a superb in-joke triggering Spacey's redemptive thaw-out, stoking a festive glow against the odds."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Time Out
"As derivative and predictable as any of the holiday comedies of the past few years, providing audiences with at best a handful of laughs. Most of it is uninspired."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"It's no improvement on Bad Santa, or National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, for that matter."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Fred Claus is not an entirely bad picture, but it is a decidedly bland one."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Unfortunately, this is a broad family comedy that depends on odd sound effects (zonks! splat!) during every scene..."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"The movie is less ho-ho-ho than uh-oh, or oh-no."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"It senselessly dims an idea that should shine as brightly as Rudolph's nose."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Fred Claus will never go down in history as a holiday classic, or even one of Vaughn's better known films, but a sterling cast lifts up what could have been easy mediocrity."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Vaughn's act may be toned down a bit, but he still plays the same fast-talking, quip-spouting arrogant schmuck that he usually does, and it wears thin real fast."
‑ Adam Tobias, Watertown Daily Times
"Does it make me a Scrooge to suggest that this is one piece of holiday coal you should leave in your stocking?"
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"There are some scattered big laughs and a sweet message here, so I'm giving it a mild recommendation."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Vaughn gets plenty of mileage exploring both the painful and fun sides of Fred."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A turbulent ride that shifts tonal gears and messages like oscillations in the weather, ending in mythological frostbite."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Rather than creating imaginative situations for Vaughn to explore, director David Dobkin merely asks that Vaughn be himself, as if his personality were big enough to wring humor out of a comic vacuum."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"Fred Claus won't make us forget "Rudolph," "Frosty" or even "The Santa Clause.""
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
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