Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I think a lot of children are going to look at this movie with perplexity and distaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 1, 2000
It is impossible to watch Grinch and not think wistfully of that magical moment in the TV special.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
We should probably be grateful that The Grinch is merely flawed and mediocre, not the flat-out disaster it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Todd McCarthy
February 5, 2008
Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
...A jumbled mess, art-directed to within an inch of its life...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 23, 2003
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is thick with irony but doesn't have the guts to explore any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 6, 2013
Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Hollywood has learned nothing from Dr. Seuss.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 29, 2002
A shockingly noisy, ugly film.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It subverts Dr. Seuss's point in exactly the same way. And the result is a bizarre and uncomfortable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
January 1, 2000
Se compone bastante y puede llegar a ser conmovedora, pero el inicio no le ayuda
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
April 1, 2001
For tales that require some edge, it is safe to deduce that Ron Howard is no match for the great Dr. Seuss.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Laura Clifford
January 1, 2000
Anthony Hopkins was chosen to narrate the film, perhaps to recall the English accent of Boris Karloff from the vastly superior original animation, a move the filmmakers should have avoided.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Shrill, overstuffed, spiritless cinematic contraption.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The movie seems content to operate without a soul.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
January 1, 2000
What they forgot to budget for was heart.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Jim Ridley
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000
Mark Lepage
Montreal Gazette
November 3, 2001
Scott Feschuk
National Post
November 2, 2001

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Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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