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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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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Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG (for some crude humor)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman, Dave Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
Box Office: $259.0M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Taylor Momsen
as Cindy Lou Who
Jeffrey Tambor
as Mayor May Who
Bill Irwin
as Lou Lou Who
Jeremy Howard
as Drew Lou Who
as Max
Christine Baranski
as Martha May Whovier
TJ Thyne
as Stu Lou Who
Molly Shannon
as Betty Lou Who
Joshua Ryan Evans
as Young Grinch
Rachel Bailit
as Nurse Who
Lacey Kohl
as Christina Whoterberr...
Jim Meskimen
as Officer Wholihan
Clint Howard
as Whobris
Rance Howard
as Elderly Timekeeper
David Costabile
as Biker Who
Mary Stein
as Miss Rue Who
James Ritz
as Crazy Mose
Deep Roy
as Post Office Clerk
Mason Lucero
as Who Boy
Michaela Gallo
as School Girl
Reid Kirchenbauer
as Kid, Whobris
Steve Kehela
as Shopper
Rain Pryor
as Shopper
Kevin Isola
as Tree Trimmer
Mindy Sterling
as Clarnella
Gavin Grazer
as Yodeler
Verne Troyer
as Band Member
Q'Orianka Kilcher
as Little Choir Member
Caroline Williams
as Tiny Who Woman
John Short
as Tiny Who Man
Grainger Esch
as Near Miss Who
Eva Burkley
as Pudding Chef
Bryce Dallas Howard
as Surprised Who
Charles Croughwell
as Balloon Who
Anthony Hopkins
as Narrator, the Narrat...
Jim Carrey
as The Grinch
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (30)

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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Top Critic

This cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirising our own. And Carrey's comic tornado of a performance is a triumph.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss.

Full Review… | December 6, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Ron Howard expands Dr. Seuss' timeless Christmas story with dazzling visuals and Jim Carrey gives a memorable over-the-top performance. As an overall film, The Grinch offers a lot more depth to its tale that tends to be hollow and unnecessary at times, but the film is a guilty pleasure that's enjoyable, especially during the holiday season 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer



danny d

Super Reviewer

Jim carrey did a fantastic rendition of this character the Grinch and i would say that this role is actually better than Boris Karloff

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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