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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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53

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 61

Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon.

55

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 14

Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon.

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The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who's of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.

Nov 20, 2001

$259.0M

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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (69) | Rotten (61) | DVD (33)

Five-year-olds might go for it, but people who grew up with Jones' version will be looking at their watches and grinding their teeth.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (5)
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Cloying fancy gives way to gross-out comedy, twisted social commentary, affecting pathos, and weirdly sexualized romance in this lurid live-action version of the classic children's book.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (4)
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This cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirising our own. And Carrey's comic tornado of a performance is a triumph.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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How the Grinch stole Christmas is one kind of larceny. How Jim Carrey steals the picture is another matter entirely.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Perhaps 20 minutes too long and subject to torpor.

August 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An unforgivable transgression from the usually reliable Ron Howard, "Grinch" boasts the visual polish of a Menards tree aisle and resembles not a cheerful Christmas, but rather what the bloodcurdling onset of a mescaline bender might feel like.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Comment (1)
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Howard and the rest of the crew do something the late Dr. Seuss never would: take chronological age over the youthful, innocent spirit that lingers untouched in everyone--and never goes out of style.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Parents can relax: Ron Howard's version of Dr. Seuss' tale of the Christmas-napping Grinch is a smartly stylized hoot.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The costumes astound, the sight gags abound, but the heart, oh the heart, now that must be found.

November 29, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
Contra Costa Times

...A jumbled mess, art-directed to within an inch of its life...

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
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Unfortunately, Ron Howard is the Grinch who stole Christmas from Jim Carrey.

September 21, 2007 | Comment (1)
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A holiday gift, The Grinch just may steal the hearts of kids and grown-ups alike.

November 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Universal Pictures has definitely left something under your Christmas tree, but you might want to clean it up soon before it leaves a permanent stain.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

In adding material, The Grinch loses much of its rhythm and the heart within it shrinks three sizes right along with it.

December 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is thick with irony but doesn't have the guts to explore any of it.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

If God is in the details, then this is the most righteous movie ever made.Jim Carrey is the only man deserving to interpret Chuck Jones' animation.

July 3, 2003 Full Review

It's funny, it's sincere and it's gloriously bizarre.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

This delightful fantasy offers Happy Who-lidays to the young and the young at heart.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Carrey is superb, swamped in makeup and sounding like a cross between Hitchcock and The Honey Monster.

May 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Audience Reviews for How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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June 26, 2014
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danny d

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Jim carrey did a fantastic rendition of this character the Grinch and i would say that this role is actually better than Boris Karloff
December 20, 2013
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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I cannot in the least bit fathom why anyone would consider this entertainment. It's so obnoxious, loud, and offensive.
April 20, 2012
jennifxu

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OK+
April 13, 2012
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    1. The Grinch: Max, grab a bag. we'll come back for the rest. Of course when I say "we" I mean "you."
    – Submitted by Joe N (13 months ago)
    1. The Grinch: Maybe Christmas,
    2. Narrator: He thought,
    3. The Grinch: Doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
    – Submitted by Joe N (13 months ago)
    1. The Grinch: (throwing mail into wrong boxes) Jury duty, jury duty, pink slip, black mail, addiction letter, jury duty jury duty . . . .
    – Submitted by Joe N (13 months ago)
    1. The Grinch: Oh no, the sleigh, the presents, they'll be destroyed, and I care. WHAT IS THE DEAL? WAIT! This can't happen. It couldn't, shouldn't, musn't, wouldn't. Not now, not then, not ever again! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
    – Submitted by Joe N (13 months ago)
    1. Cindy Lou Who: You're the-the-the-
    2. The Grinch: The-the-the- THE GRINCH!
    – Submitted by Sterlin R (18 months ago)
    1. The Grinch: We're gonna die! We're gonna die! I'm gonna throw up and then we're gonna die!
    – Submitted by Mary Kathryn P (19 months ago)
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