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Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat (2003)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 141

Filled with double entendres and potty humor, this Cat falls flat.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 35

Filled with double entendres and potty humor, this Cat falls flat.



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Following up on the success of 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Imagine Entertainment presents The Cat in the Hat, their second live-action adaptation of a classic Dr. Seuss book. Starring Mike Myers, the film follows the adventures of Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and Sally Walden (Dakota Fanning), a young brother and sister who find themselves visited by the titular mischievous cat (Meyers) and his entourage when their mother (Kelly Preston) leaves them home alone. Also starring Alec Baldwin


Comedy, Kids & Family

Dr. Seuss, Alec Berg

Mar 16, 2004


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First published in 1957, The Cat In The Hat is one of the most-loved and best-selling children's books ever. It's also a mere 1,600 words -- and even at 82 minutes, the movie version seems like a big stretch.

November 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The best argument yet made for extending artists' rights beyond the grave.

November 22, 2003 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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About as creatively inspired as a giant hairball.

November 21, 2003
Washington Post
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So good it breaks your heart for not being better.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The younger the viewers, the better reactions are bound to be, while grownups will sit still in varying states of bemusement and discomfiture.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Cat in the Hat is long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film.

November 21, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Too mature for the kids who are reading the book.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Dumb, crude, and gross...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Is Dr. Seuss rolling in his grave yet?

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

much of the film is padded out by the comic business of Mike Myers' cat, in a deeply flawed role falling somewhere between a stand-up dying on stage or an alcoholic clown harassing kids at a birthday party.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Unless you are prone to laugh at endless urination, expectoration, regurgitation, defecation, flatulence, and belching, avoid this rip-off at all costs.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Comments (3)
Princeton Town Topics

Burn the negatives.

January 10, 2006 Full Review Source:

Mike Meyers brings this troublesome feline to life in an action packed adventure.

May 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Comedian Mike Myers creates a cat who is more annoying than charming, and most of the gags are out of step with Seussian sensibility.

April 9, 2004

The movie should have picked a target audience and stuck with it.

March 29, 2004 Full Review Source:

What's on sale in The Cat in the Hat is a free-for-all, postmodern pastiche that feels like a seizure

March 10, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The filmmakers seem to have decided that the Dr Seuss charm was too simple for them, opting instead for knowing, crude humour full of pop culture references

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I remember watching The Smurfs on TV as a kid--that doesn't mean I want to see a film with 100 shirtless, singing idiots that have been dipped in blue paint.

January 15, 2004
Radio Free Entertainment

What sick mind thought this was appropriate humor for a holiday movie geared to youngsters?

December 31, 2003 Full Review

Fascinating to look at though we hate to sound sore, but this cat should have known that less is way more.

December 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Just in time for Thanksgiving: the Paris Hilton movie.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A flea wouldn't have anything to do with it, but dogs certainly have.

December 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Ever catch a family member sniffing your underwear? I haven't either, but I suspect it feels something like how I felt leaving the theatre...Argh!

December 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinerina

The Cat in the Hat isn't so much a movie as an extremely long commercial for Universal's Dr. Seuss-inspired products and tie-ins.

December 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

...the film's gags degenerate into a kind of seedy burlesque...

December 1, 2003 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

I laughed once. That's it. The jokes fell flat every other time.

November 30, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat

May 18, 2013
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If I really had to think about it, this might very well be the worst film I've ever seen. It's not enough that it is atrociously obnoxious and annoying, but what really gets me is how badly they screwed up in adapting such a simple, classic, and straightforward story. Sure, I understand that they had to pad it out, being that it's live action and that the source material is really brief, but still...THIS is the end result?!?!

The execution is just ridiculously over the top, in your face, and annoying, Mike Meyers, who is really just playing a hyper version of himself in a cat costume and makeup, makes me want to carve my eyes out with a rusty spoon. I really don't have that much problem with him in general, but he really went off the deep end here, and I have no idea what he was thinking. I really don't remember much of Alec Baldwin's performance, but I'm sure it's something he wishes wasn't on his resume. All I remember from Breslin and Fanning is that they spent a fair amount of time frowning at Meyers, as if they knew they were in a giant pile of crap.

This is dumb, vile, and one of the biggest slaps to the face of Seuss and his legacy that I've seen, and that's without considering that I wasn't interested in seeing this in the first place, but just happened to because I was at school, the semester was almost over, and the teacher didn't apparently have any respect for our intelligence and thought we, a bunch of high schoolers, would enjoy watching one of her kids's movies since she apparently didn't have anything more on our level, or just didn't trust us to watch anything PG-13 or higher since her rep would be on the line. What a bunch of crap.

The ONLY thing I can really give this movie in the way of a compliment is that the look is decent, and there's some okay art direction/set design, but even my enjoyment of that is sullied since it's being used in the most lazy and poor attempt to cash in on something great just ofr money. Also, the fact that some of the cast actually managed to recover from this is some sort of miracle. Avoid this one at all costs, especially if you'd prefer to have your childhood not molested.
August 14, 2012
Chris Weber

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One of the biggest Hollywood tragedies of the last decade.
August 14, 2012
Liam Gadd

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    1. Sally Walden: Stop! That's mom's dress!
    2. The Cat in the Hat: This filthy thing?
    3. Sally Walden: She was going to wear that tonight and you ruined it!
    4. The Cat in the Hat: Honey, it was ruined when she bought it.
    – Submitted by Jacob P (6 months ago)
    1. The Cat in the Hat: [cat chops his tail]
    2. Sally Walden: Um, Cat. Your tail!
    3. The Cat in the Hat: What about it? Oh I see! I chopped it off. Well that's interesting because... Son of a bi... [it goes to the technical difficulties screen]
    – Submitted by Sterlin R (21 months ago)
    1. The Cat in the Hat: The name S.L.O.W is better than the last name we had. Super Hydraulic Instantaneous Transporter.
    2. Conrad Walden: Oh! You mean...
    3. The Cat in the Hat: Doh! Quick to the Slow!
    – Submitted by Sterlin R (21 months ago)
    1. Fish: Aah!
    2. The Cat in the Hat: *flush fish in toilet*
    3. Fish: *escape sewers and toilet* Water... water... *death*
    – Submitted by Beth S (2 years ago)
    1. The Cat in the Hat: Who's this?
    2. Sally Walden: That's our babysitter.
    3. The Cat in the Hat: So wait, you mean that you pay this woman to sit on babies? Well that's disgusting!
    – Submitted by Domenica D (2 years ago)
    1. The Cat in the Hat: I'm your host, the guy in the sweaterwho asks all the obvious questions.
    – Submitted by William Z (2 years ago)
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