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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Reviews

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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 24, 2003
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.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 22, 2003
The best argument yet made for extending artists' rights beyond the grave.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 21, 2003
About as creatively inspired as a giant hairball.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 21, 2003
So good it breaks your heart for not being better.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 21, 2003
The younger the viewers, the better reactions are bound to be, while grownups will sit still in varying states of bemusement and discomfiture.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 21, 2003
The Cat in the Hat is long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 21, 2003
The Cat In The Hat goes splat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
November 21, 2003
The movie has some mildly amusing moments, but it completely lacks the wild glee and irresistible rhythm of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2003
It is hard to say who is less recognizable in The Cat in the Hat, Mike Myers or the actual Cat in the Hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 21, 2003
The movie is so disappointing, in fact, that it makes Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas look like a masterpiece.
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
November 21, 2003
Flashy but flat.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 21, 2003
Fun has never looked so tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 21, 2003
A poorly made movie for children, full of crass, bodily-function humor and embarrassingly empty one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2003
Small kids should love it, and parents may find themselves pleasantly amused.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 21, 2003
This is not your father or mother's Cat in the Hat, certainly, and it has the decency -- or disregard -- not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 21, 2003
I do not like this cat in his hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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November 21, 2003
It's perfect for parents looking for harmless entertainment to keep the young ones engaged during the holidays, but less than perfect for anyone else.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2003
Represents everything corrupt, bloated, and wrong with mainstream Hollywood movies.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 21, 2003
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2003
A semi-intriguing abomination, the movie The Cat in the Hat takes a piece of classic childhood Americana and turns it into something garish, dumb, ugly and senseless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 21, 2003
The Cat in the Hat proves yet again that the wonderful children's books of Dr. Seuss do not translate to live action.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2003
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a triumph above all of production design. That's partly because the production design is so good, partly because the movie is so disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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November 21, 2003
One of the most repulsive kiddie movies ever made.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
November 21, 2003
Even at an embarrassingly short 82 minutes, Cat is stuffed with inane filler.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 21, 2003
The movie squanders most of Dr. Seuss' idiosyncratic charm in favor of blaring overstatement.
| Original Score: D+
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2003
It's a barrel of lunatic laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 20, 2003
A lackluster and nearly charmless affair.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 20, 2003
The movie is overproduced in every way but the most important one: Other than an occasional token rhyme, this Cat in the Hat lands flat-footed and with tin ear, drained of its essential Dr. Seussness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 20, 2003
A vulgar, uninspired lump of poisoned eye candy that Universal has the temerity to call Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2003
If directing bad movies were a sin to confess, Bo Welch would say oops for making this mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2003
For enduring this mess/ They should pay us a fee.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2003
The movie includes little of Seuss' language and even less of his wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 20, 2003
This adaptation departs from the kiddie classic with freewheeling abandon, but is faithful in the most important way: Wonders never cease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2003
Another over-blown Hollywood raid on Dr. Seuss.
| Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 20, 2003
There are two, and only two, noteworthy things about The Cat in the Hat. It's visually impressive, and Mike Myers has a field day. Other than that, the movie is entirely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 20, 2003
This is not The Cat in the Hat. This is kitty litter.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 20, 2003
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is perhaps the worst holiday movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 20, 2003
Little more than an assaultive sequence of skits meant to showcase Mike Myers' gifts as a rat-a-tat purveyor of impressions.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 20, 2003
As entertainment, Cat in the Hat is barely so-so.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2003
A holiday movie that makes the audience feel as if they're having the ultimate bad day at Disney World.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 18, 2003
Comes scarily close to being the most unendurable Hollywood creation of the last dozen years.