The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story

Movie review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 4+

Popular book inspires delightful holiday movie for families.

NR 2011 24 minutes

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

best movie ever

the best movie i have ever seen. Taylor was an annoying bully child but everything else was outstanding. I do not know why the parents are always singing but it is a great movie I cried so hard and laughed until my stomach hurt.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 4+

Police Navidad

The art direction of industrial North Pole, is kind of neat, and messaging of the special is mostly harmless. But the characters are rendered to look like Addams Family rejects, and it seems like the most care is spent rendering the Elf on the Shelf packaging accurately (sigh). At least it emphasizes forgiveness and kindness as Christmas virtues than the rule-following and domestic surveillance aspect of the book that comes with the elf. Oh yeah, the singing is as bad as the character designs, and the dance numbers wouldn't make the cut in a junior high school musical.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: November 26, 2011
  • Studio: CBS Films
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 24 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 3, 2020

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